“We regret that unfortunate the`fiercest’among them was someone known to be a lawyer and member of parliament who pretentiously claimed himself to be representing all Muslims,” said Syed Husin in referring to Zulkifli (Noordin). (Read Rocky'sbru here and Nuraina's here)“We take seriously the rough action by a small band of the demonstrators who shouted rude and uncivilized language against some of the organizers and participants of the seminar,” said Syed Husin.
The former academic was clearly unwilling to make any concessions to Zulkifli, and it will be interesting to see how PKR deals with the Kedah MP in the aftermath of Saturday event.
He also criticized the failure of the police force in controlling the situation but instead appeared to be collaborating with some of the demonstrators who were planning to force their way into the hall to stop the forum.
However, Syed Husin state the PKR agreed with de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim’s view that the dialogue session should have been organised behind closed doors “in view of the sensitive reactions and wrong perception among a section of the Malay-Muslim population.”
“We are in full support of holding inter-religious dialogues that promote nderstanding rather than unilateral events that could create ethnic and religious dissension.
“It (Bar Council) should have acted wisely and speedily to announce that the seminar would be held behind closed door to avoid any unhealthy consequence on inter-ethnic and inter-religious relations in this country,” he concluded.
Other Pakatan Rakyat leaders and NGOs have expressed similar sentiments regarding the forum at the Bar Council headquarters.
Excerpts from Malaysiakini