NURUL IZZAH: TO RIDE A BUCKING HORSE
PRIVACY IN A PUBLIC SPACE
“I won’t insult your intelligence by suggesting that you really believe what you just said.”
William F. Buckley Jn.
It is true as suggested by some that the domestic problems of Nurul Izzah and her husband is a private matter and one that at this time they ought to have some privacy to deal with. That’s the theoretical position at least.
A question of public importance more important than the ring fencing of the private lives of the Nurul Izzah’s of this world arises in this regard following unconfirmed reports she has filed for divorce in the Syariah courts of Malaysia. That question relates to the ‘high moral ground’ defence of respect for the privacy for all things personal and private in the lives of the Nurul Izzah’s of this world. And now is as good an opportunity to deal with these issues as any other.
Nurul Izzah, the consummate MTV generation politician of, twittering, social media indulged, blogging politician, a vitriolic critic of all things government and conventional is no private person.
Of her own making, her free choice and free will she joined her father’s radical ‘anything goes, publish and be damned’ political party the Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) catapulting herself into a very public world of politics and the media. In the process she won for herself the deputy presidency of the PKR and a seat in parliament of Malaysia and the fame and media attention she has thus far embraced that comes with the turf.
RESPECT FOR PRIVACY OF PUBLIC OFFICIALS- THE PKR STANDARD
“Hypocrisy has its own elegant symmetry.”
More important and relevant to the crisis in Nurul’s life is this: since when did Nurul Izzah adopt that virtuous politically correct position of respecting the privacy of others in politics or outside of it? Nurul is a public (a very public) figure of her own making and choice.
Nurul has when convenient, allowed her party to vilify everyone ranging from the Prime Minister of Malaysia, the former Chief Justice, the courts, parliament, the wife of the serving prime minster and anyone without the capacity to properly respond to the scurrilous and often manufactured, nasty, unfounded allegations of improper conduct, murder, bribery and corruption by her party and its supporters.
Nurul is after all her father’s daughter. She lives in a party controlled largely by her family’s involvement in the PKR. Her party has never hesitated and unrelentingly so to attack the former Prime Minister of Malaysia, Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamed even after he resigned from parliament. They continued to attack him at every given opportunity with sordid allegations of impropriety, irrelevant to current political issues. And all of it without proper justification. It is personal.
Nurul Izzah is known to have been actively engaged supporting Anwar Ibrahim in his attacks on the Chief Justice of Malaysia then (Tun Fairuz) by publishing an illegally obtained, distasteful, personally injurious, and defamatory video, in which a drunken Indian lawyer purports to have a discussion with a third party alleging the former chief justice could be bought. She has not said nor done anything proper in office to restrain her party or is followers on these attacks. The attacks by them on Datin Rosmah and the current Prime Minister of Malaysia is legend and criminal.
A NON SECULAR NURUL IZZAH- THE PRECURSOR TO AN ISLAMIC PKR MALAYSIA
“It’s discouraging to think how many people are shocked by honesty and how few by deceit.”
Sir Noel Coward
What’s perhaps most disturbing about the double standards being applied by her followers and supporters now in defence of her vulnerability is this:
Nurul Izzah’s resort to the Syariah Courts of Malaysia when the civil courts ought to have been her jurisdiction of choice in her divorce. She claims to be a secularist leading a secular party. Not that she has no right to chose Syariah over the civil courts because she is Muslim. But is she truly a Muslim in practice? or is Nurul Izzah a Muslim of her own distorted self serving idea of Islam? or will she now attempt a distraction and sue for defamation?
The unfolding developments in the life of Nurul Izzah today is particularly disturbing. When one considers her position and that of the PKR’s in attacks on Islam, Malaysia’s position as an Islamic state and the PKR’s attacks on the jurisdiction of the Syriah courts as aired on several occasions recently, something needs be said about her submitting to Syariah law on this occassion. If that something is not proffered by Nurul herself then it better be by others within her party and soon.
Nurul’s resort to the Syriah courts for her divorce application now tells us something of this chameleon. The secularism she and Anwar via PKR have been preaching all along appears to have been a smoke screen after all for political and personal purpose and nothing less.
Nurul Izzah and her party blow hot and cold on this highly controversial of courts and the subject of its jurisdiction whilst submitting to it in her petition for divorce. In so doing she lends more credibility to the dysfunctional and mercenary character not only of her family’s brand of politics, but also of the Anwar dynasty’s family life and the overall deception that is the PKR and its policies.
NURUL PKR AND THE ISLAMIZATION OF MALAYSIA
People will recall the pre election praises heaped on Anwar Ibrahim by radical Saudi Wahabi Clerics who praised him as a man of God and Islam destined to turn Malaysia into an Islamic state.
Anwar as expected denied the link and the claim but called it utter rubbish reaffirming his commitment to a pluralistic and secular Malaysia free of Islamic dominance. Nurul went along on that ride espousing her brand of radical feminist ideology and her support for revisionist Islamic theologies in the face of a western styled assault on all things Malay and Islam in Malaysia and without.
Nurul at the time was widely viewed and ignorantly so by many in Malaysia as being a ‘modern reformist’ Muslim woman (a liberated one at that) who did not subscribe to many traditional and customary Islamic practises and laws common to many Malay Muslims in Malaysia.
Her diatribes against conventional Sunni Islam as practiced in Malaysia well documented, was nothing more than a deceitful political charade which many especially amongst the largely Chinese middle classes were happy to swallow. And swallow it they did.
NOW THAT THE SHOE IS ON THE OTHER FOOT
Now that her private life is topical and for public consumption she can’t ask for and be given the privacy she and her party were never at any stage prepared to allow others in the service of the public to enjoy at times of personal crisis.
Nurul Izzah must now contend with the rumours and the street talk that ranges from her not being Anwar’s biological daughter, to her own alleged infidelities within her marriage to Raja Ahmad Shahrir and to questions about their own individual sexuality.
Nothing of course of what’s said in this regard about Nurul Izzah and her beau is immediately proved. But it must be remembered that the absence of proof has never been a reason enough to have injuncted PKR when vilifying others it did not like in the past.
None of these allegations can be any worse than those allegations and damaging unfounded gossip that PKR and its followers (and by association Nurul Izzah) have been throwing without conscience at the Prime Minister, his wife Datin Rosmah and the former PM of Malaysia Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamed.
“He wears a mask, and his face grows to fit it.”