Party not aware of Zulkifli travel plans
(KEADILAN) unaware of MP Zulkifli’s travel plans
PETALING JAYA: Parti Keadilan Rakyat’s (KEADILAN) disciplinary board did not know that Kulim Bandar Baru MP Zulkifli Noordin (pic) would be away in South Korea when it fixed the date for his disciplinary hearing.
(KEADILAN) secretary-general Saifuddin Nasution Ismail said it was “not right” for Zulkifli to accuse the party of deliberately fixing the date when he would be overseas.
Saifuddin said Zulkifli could have informed the board that he would be away and the board would have put off the hearing until he returned.
“He didn’t need to create all this brouhaha, calling a Press conference to attack the party.”
Zulkifli had told a Press conference at his office in Jalan Masjid India, Kuala Lumpur, yesterday that (KEADILAN)had purposely fixed a hearing date that was impossible for him to attend.
Zukifli left for South Korea yesterday evening with several parliamentarians from both sides of the political divide for an international leadership conference and will return on Feb 25.
The PKR disciplinary board had set Feb 18 or Feb 23 as hearing dates, but Zulkifli claimed the party was aware of his trip as it coordinated his participation.
However, Saifuddin refuted this claim.
“I, as the secretary-general of PKR, am not aware of his South Korean trip,” he said.
“I’m not sure if the disciplinary board is aware of the trip. But I leave it to the wisdom of the board to decide. This is just an ordinary case… Zulkifli merely needed to inform the board he can’t attend and that would have sufficed.”
The (KEADILAN) disciplinary board — a 10-man panel headed by Syed Kamarul Zaman Syed Kabeer — had issued Zulkifli a show-cause letter and asked him to be present for a hearing for lodging a police report against Shah Alam MP Khalid Samad on the “(A)llah” issue.
Zulkifli had said that he knew that several “little pharoahs” within the party were trying to gun him down. He added that he was not afraid of facing the disciplinary board and would defend his stand on the “allah” issue.
Zulkifli had said he would consider the next course of action if the party proceeded with the hearing despite his absence.
He had not ruled out joining Bayan Baru MP Datuk Seri Zahrain Mohamed Hashim in leaving the party.