Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Zul denies rejoining PAS, informs Speaker he’s an independent

Former PKR lawmaker Zulkifli Noordin (picture) refuted rumours that he planned to rejoin PAS, adding that he was comfortable staying as an independent for the Kulim-Bandar Baharu parliamentary constituency.

The recently sacked PKR member said in a statement tonight that he strongly denied the rumours as he had no intention to join any party for now.

“In fact, I just wrote to Tan Sri Speaker this morning informing him that I am now an independent MP, effective immediately,” he said last night.

Zulkifli added that he had never wanted to join PAS or any other party and had merely said he would “seriously consider” PAS’ offer.

PAS vice-president Datuk Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man recently said that Zulkifli was welcome to become a PAS member.

His statement was later retracted by fellow vice-president Datuk Mahfuz Omar who said that PAS would never accept Zulkifli.

“As a person who respects an ulama (religious scholar), I responded by saying I would seriously consider the offer, that is all. This is stated in my blog,” he said.

Zulkifli, who claims his former party had committed an act of betrayal against Islam when it sacked him, pledged to continue upholding the religion, based on the provisions in the Federal Constitution.

“I will do this in my own capacity,” he said.

The rebel MP was sacked from PKR recently after facing disciplinary charges for lodging a report against a PAS MP over the “Allah” row.

He came at odds with the party’s leadership when he refused to be tried before a disciplinary board that comprised non-Muslims.

Upon getting the boot, Zulkifli has been receiving membership offers from several parties including Umno and non-governmental organisation Gerak Malaysia.

Zulkifli is the fourth PKR MP to become independent in the recent weeks. Others include Bayan Baru MP Datuk Seri Zahrain Hashim, Nibong Tebal MP Tan Tee Beng and Bagan Serai MP Mohsin Fadzli Samsuri.

courtesy of Malaysian Insider

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