This morning YB Zul Nordin issued a statement in his blog concerning the charge to be preferred against him come this 9th September 2008 before PKR's disciplinary committee. He said, inter-alia;
Saya mengambil sikap dalam keadaan Islam dihina saya akan tetap mempertahankan Islam, walaupun akan bercanggah dengan pendirian mana-mana pihak. Kalau tiba masa saya perlu memilih antara Islam dengan parti, saya tetap akan memilih Islam walaupun saya tahu akibatnya saya akan kehilangan & kerugian, tambahan dalam keadaan Pakatan Rakyat dijangka mengambil alih kerajaan pada 16 Sept. Pada saya biarlah rugi duniawi daripada rugi disisi Ilahi.
Saya pasti akan berdepan dengan Jawatankuasa ini yang dijadualkan pada 9 Sept @ 10am nanti. Insyallah yang hak tetap akan dilindungi ALLAH..
Read more here.
Now, I wonder what will PAS reaction be towards the upcoming disciplinary proceeding against the parliamentarian. Will they take the safest stance possible and decline comment by citing that's an internal matter within PKR's household or will they stand by Zulkifli Nordin's side as there were support from PAS big guns and direct involvement by the party itself when the incident took place?
Furthermore can Pakatan Rakyat keep compartmentalizing issues which strike to the core of each its component parties ideologies and not deal with it on the pretext of minimizing the differences in ideologies among the Pakatan's component members? After all, politics are all about perception and if action is to be taken against the parliamentarian concerned will it not be perceived as that PKR does not endorsed PAS very own basic struggle and ideology?
What will DAP's reaction be? Will they support PKR's action against the said YB if the sentence to be meted out happen to be a lighter one? Will they keep quiet too if that is the eventual outcome? As we all know DAP was quite vocal in condemning the incident. The recent spat in parliament between Chong Eng and Zulkifli shows how strong DAP's objection is against Zulkifli's involvement in the demonstration.
And why on the 9th September? Just a day before Anwar's criminal case mention date and just 7 days before the most "anticipated event" of the year, at the time where solidarity in the said coalition is needed the most?
Will PKR's disciplinary committee reserved its judgment to a later date and risk itself the negative perception from DAP's all and sundry or will they instead condemned Zulkifli Nordin once and for all and risk itself the wrath of PAS and its members?
As for the public at large, the outcome of this proceeding, and how will PKR approach such a delicate issue which is closely related to the sensitivities of the masses, shall be interesting indeed as it is sort of a foretaste of what to come if and when Anwar is to become the chief executive of the nation.
From The Star Online;
When contacted, Zulkifli confirmed that he received the letter at his office in Kuala Lumpur.
"Maybe I will have to ask them to postpone the date to Sept 15 as I have a matter in court on Tuesday," he told The Star's Malay news portal mStar.
Read it here and SusanLoone's takes on the same issue here.