Anwar Ibrahim has come out of 'hiding' to comment on the aborted Bar Council’s forum on ‘Conversion to Islam’.
And let it not be said that kaytee is not fair – I like what I hear from him, yes indeed, even if it’s a case of ‘better late than never’.
In a Malaysiakini news article authored by no less than Steven Gan and Kabilan, titled PKR leader: Action will be taken against errant MP I get to hear some real leadership statements from him.
No, it’s not about hunting down the Kulim Wonder, demagogue Zulkifli Noordin, the PKR MP who incited the storming of forum a la Apcet II, for him to face the music from his party, and who has since then mysteriously disappeared. Some claimed he has been detained by the police though the men in blue have denied that accusation.
Incidentally, Haris Ibrahim has accused Zulkifli Noordin (and Salehuddin Ayub) as 'lying, deceiving and manipulative politicians' for fear-mongering about Article 11. Wow!
Anyway, Anwar Ibrahim said he had argued that the Bar Council forum should be allowed to proceed … though we haven’t heard that until now …
… but never mind ...
He averred: "We have communicated to the Bar Council our views. And PAS had came out with a statement. (Party leader Abdul) Hadi (Awang) had made it quite clear, that we must allow (the forum) ... but it has to be close door."
Above underlining mine
"I have tried to get Muslim leaders to appreciate the fact that we must allow a discussion (on religious issues). If you're not confident (to discuss the matter), then there's something wrong with our belief and faith. You must be confident to express, counter and argue.”
"If you feel that the Muslim representation (at such discussions) is not adequate, not competent (to argue the issues), then you send adequate and competent people there."
Anwar also revealed he met with Dr Mehrun Siraj, a renowned International Islamic University law lecturer, who was one of the participants at the Bar Council forum and who had chided the racists shouting within with a stern "Open discussion is the way to discuss the issues between Muslims and non-Muslims. Don’t insult Islam."
Malaysiakini reported Anwar referring to what Dr Mehrun had told him of a woman at the forum providing her views on the contentious issue of conversion while the bigots were raging. Anwar revealed:
"She said something which was startling. Not only non-Muslims but Muslims should have listened (to her). We have lost that chance."
At long last he has dropped his man man lai nonsense and got on to real leadership business. ;-)