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December 5, 2013

PKR sees red over Pisa ranking, wants reform


Alarmed by the poor ranking for Malaysia in an international students’ test, PKR vice-president Nurul Izzah Anwar urged a new bi-partisan approach to reform the country’s education system.

A bi-partisan parliamentary select committee should be tasked to look into improving Malaysia’s education system, Nurul Izzah said in a statement today.

At the same time, the Lembah Pantai MP added, a National Education Council comprising politicians, academicians and other stakeholders should also be formed to study this issue.


November 17, 2013

Knowing the difference between political insecurity and national security

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Just days after finding out that friendly countries such as the United States and Australia have been using Kuala Lumpur to snoop, PKR vice-president Nurul Izzah Anwar revealed that Malaysia has 30 Special Branch policemen based in London.

That has caused both Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim and Cheras Unno division chief Datuk Seri Syed Ali Alhabshee to get apoplectic and ask for action to be taken against the Lembah Pantai MP ostensibly for breaking a national secret. (more…)

June 9, 2013

PAPA, DON’T PREACH: Nurul & Marina in joint inteview talk about Dr M & Anwar

PAPA, DON'T PREACH: Nurul & Marina in joint inteview talk about Dr M & Anwar


They say fathers are closer to their daughters. Could it be or maybe it’s just that fathers put more pressure on themselves and their child when it comes to their firstborns. I spent my afternoon speaking to Marina Mahathir and Nurul Izzah Anwar about the relationships they shared with their fathers and their strangely normal upbringing. After spending 15 minutes chatting away about what CLIVE’s notorious Editor has been up to, and snacking on curry fries, I finally asked them the first question…

When was the last time you had dinner with your dad?
Marina Just the two of us? I think it was March 2011 in London. He wanted to bring his whole [entourage] but I said, “no, I cannot afford to pay.” We meet here in KL during family occasions. I met a young hairdresser in Singapore once and he told me he hasn’t been home for two years but he calls his mother every day. He said, “You cakap sekali sebulan, dia tak tahu apa nak cakap, tapi tiap-tiap hari you cakap 10 minit, dia happy.” I keep telling myself to do something similar but I don’t. (more…)

December 12, 2012

‘Explain plunge in maths, science scores or quit’

Koh Jun Lin

Education Minister Muhyiddin Yassin has been urged to explain Malaysia’s drop in science and mathematics scores, failing which he should resign.

DAP publicity chief Tony Pua said that Malaysia’s drop in the scores of both subjects since 1999 is the highest among 42 countries surveyed in the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMMS) 2011.

PKR vice-president Nurul Izzah Anwar said Muhyiddin should resign if he could not explain this or outline convincing steps to redress the issue. (more…)

November 28, 2012

Najib fears a black eye from Anwar

RK Anand

Lim Guan Eng and Nurul Izzah take the prime minister to task for dodging the calls for a debate with the opposition leader.

Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak will never accept the challenge to debate with Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim because he fears being dealt a verbal bruising.

“He will be thrashed!” exclaimed DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng. “That’s why he is worried.”

The Penang chief minister also added that Najib was not prepared to subject himself and his leadership to thorough examination and scrutiny. (more…)

November 17, 2012

Is Islam under threat?

Iskandar Dzulkarnain

The writer takes a cynical and satirical look on the Islamic threat that will backfire on the political and religious hypocrites.

Yes, Islam is under threat. It is not only from Christians who purportedly try to convert weak Muslims or from MCA which keeps on insulting the hudud penal code but also from within our very own borders.

Wahabbism is purportedly on the rise and Shi’itism, too, among the Sunni followers of Islam in this country. The Al Arqam sect which was supposedly neutralised by the government is rearing its head again. (more…)

November 15, 2012

Does ‘God’ need help?

KJ John

In the philosophy of science, there is one really big action word: Anthropomorphise; which is when one uses human traits, attributes or thought patterns, and frameworks to describe another object of focus.

Therefore when we talk about the ideal of ‘God’ as an almighty or spiritual being that exists independent of all human existence, it is always a very challenging concept to fully appreciate our tendency to ‘anthropomorphise.’

In human language therefore, we consequently often “reduce the very nature and being of God” into human ideas and ideals to better understand and appreciate such an entity bigger than our minds or hearts can fully appreciate or understand. (more…)

November 14, 2012

Apostasy, compulsion, and Nurul’s point

Anisah Shukry

The PKR vice-president said last week that religious freedom is for everyone, even Muslims and Malays. Well, here are the facts to prove she has a point.

Yet again, Umno as well as the likes of Ibrahim Ali and Nasharudin Mat Isa have resorted to misusing Islam to discredit a member of the opposition bloc.

According to a transcript provided by Malaysiakini, Nurul Izzah Anwar said at a forum last weekend that “…there is no compulsion in religion… How can anyone really say, ‘sorry, this only applies to non-Malays.’ It has to apply equally.” (more…)

November 11, 2012

SIS: Recognise freedom to change faith

Leven Woon

The Islamic NGO condemns the attacks on PKR vice-president Nurul Izzah Anwar, and points out that faith by compulsion may lead to hypocrisy.

Freedom of religion as a right enshrined under the Federal Constitution must also recognise the freedom to change faith, said Sisters In Islam (SIS).

Rallying behind PKR vice-president Nurul Izzah Anwar’s call for freedom of religion for all, the NGO said faith in any religion was based on free will.

“How can Muslims demand this notion of religious freedom for those wishing to convert to Islam and at the same time argue the denial of this freedom to leave Islam? (more…)

November 10, 2012

Izzah and apostasy – the real heart of the matter

Nathaniel Tan

When I started tweeting, I chose the handle ‘@NatAsasi’ due to a belief that in talking about social issues, and in talking about Malaysia, we should never lose sight of the fundamentals.

The current polemic surrounding comments made by YB Nurul Izzah Anwar has done exactly that – it has lost sight of the fundamentals. This article is one humble attempt to remedy this by exploring in detail three broad options available to the state in dealing with apostasy.

I think the future of our country would be much better off in the hands of Izzah and those like her than in many, many others. (more…)

End the smear campaign on Nurul Izzah

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Ahmad Farouk Musa

We at the Islamic Renaissance Front (IRF) condemn and lament the irresponsible mischaracterisation of Nurul Izzah Anwar’s statement on religious freedom.

She merely summarised the gist of the well-known Quranic verse inSurah al-Baqarah which clearly stressed that there is to be no compulsion in matters of faith, for truth and error has already been clearly stated.

Because of that she has been subjected to the crudest level of character assassination from those seeking to stoke controversy and gain political mileage for the upcoming elections. (more…)

I stand by my views, says letter writer

Steve Oh

The following in an open letter by Steve Oh, the man who penned the letter which is at the centre of a police investigation.

Dear Malaysiakini,

I am sorry to learn about the police visit to your office yesterday, not just one or two but 15 of them.

It lends credence to former PM Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s idea of ‘a police state’. If not over my letter, I am sure the police will find another reason to visit your office. It is mind-boggling why so many were necessary and you must have run out of tea or coffee. (more…)

November 9, 2012

Transcript of Nurul Izzah’s Q&A at forum


Last Saturday’s forum in Subang Jaya, on the topic ‘Islamic state: Which version? Whose responsibility?’, was jointly organised by the Oriental Hearts and Minds Study Institute and Islamic Renaissance Front.

At the forum, Lembah Pantai MP Nurul Izzah Anwar had said that there was “no compulsion in religion” when responding to a question from a member of the audience on whether religious freedom also applied to Malays.

This was reported by Malaysiakini under the headline, ‘Nurul: There should be no compulsion in choosing faith.’  (more…)

October 15, 2012

Umno fears Nurul, not Azmin

CT Ali

Umno knows that Azmin will self-destruct and take Anwar Ibrahim and PKR down with him. It is Nurul that Umno is now battling against.

Nurul Izzah Anwar lives in a man’s world but is still a lady. She does not seek to be the equal of these men. She seeks to do better!

She tells us that she is the proud mother of two cuties and that she is the defection-proof member of parliament for Lembah Pantai.

I like that description of herself on her Facebook “defection-proof MP of Lembah Pantai”. Huh, what pizzazz! (more…)

October 14, 2012

Wanted: PKR protocol on rivalry and dissent

Terence Netto

Rather than wring their hands in frustration at renewed public evidence of intramural tensions within Selangor PKR, stemming from seeming dissonance between Menteri Besar Khalid Ibrahim and state party chief Azmin Ali, the party’s strategic thinkers should work out a code of conduct to guide stalwarts when discord breaks out among them.

Let’s face it, internal rivalries are endemic to political parties; no democratic political party worthy of the name is exempt from it.

Political parties that have no internal rivalries are usually a dictatorship of one, memorably described by Albert Camus as a single voice over a million solitudes. (more…)

October 13, 2012

Salengor still safe for Pakatan, say analysts

Anisah Shukry

They see the spat over Azmin as being irrelevant to voter sentiment.

The current infighting among PKR leaders over Selangor is unlikely to erode Pakatan Rakyat’s chances of holding on to the country’s richest state, according to political analysts.

“Selangor voters are quite firm in their support for Pakatan and the pattern is not expected to change,” Dr Jayum A Jawan of UKM told FMT.

“While the infighting could affect its performance in Selangor in the next general election, I do not expect Pakatan Rakyat to do badly.” (more…)

August 6, 2012

With varsity visits, PKR aims to win students for Pakatan

Thanusya Shanmuganathan

PKR leaders will start calling on university campuses next month in a bid to recruit more students into the opposition, setting the stage for a stiff contest with Barisan Nasional (BN) for the youth vote in the coming polls.

The party is making full use of the government’s recent decision to lift the ban on student participation in politics through amendments in the University and University Colleges Act 1971.

“PKR will be visiting universities in September to initiate talks pertaining to their rights to do practise politics,” PKR vice-president Nurul Izzah Anwar said during the launch of Kelab Mahasiswa Keadilan at the party’s headquarters here. (more…)

June 12, 2012

Scorpene motion torpedoed

Patrick Lee

Nurul’s plan to discuss the sale of secret submarine papers to a French company were rejected in Parliament today.

An emergency motion aimed at discussing the alleged sale of highly secret Scorpene submarine-related documents to a French company was rejected in Parliament today.

Dewan Rakyat Speaker Pandikar Amin Mulia rejected the Lembah Pantai MP (PKR) Nurul Izzah Anwar’s motion in his chambers this morning, as it did not adhere to Standing Order 23(1)(h).

The Standing Order states: (more…)

April 7, 2012

‘It’s not EC’s fault, onus falls on voters’

Tarani Palani

There is no regulation prohibiting one from borrowing a friend’s address to register as a voter, says an independent polls observer NIEI.

There is currently no regulations governing large movement of voters from one voting constituency to another and this means that no matter the hue and cry from the opposition, the best the Election Commission (EC) can do is to constantly clean-up the list.

According to the National Institute for Democracy and Electoral Integrity (NIEI), the lack of regulations has become problematic even for the EC, as it technically allows for many voters to be registered within the same address. (more…)

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