Skip to content

Text of what Nurul Izzah said in Parliament

Tue 2015-Mar-17 @ MYT 15:21:22 pm

The so-called ‘contemptuous remark’ about judges

Full text of draft Hansard for 10th February
Her speech starts on Page 68 and the relevant portion is at Page 70

Nurul Izzah Anwar was arrested on Monday “for her contemptuous remarks about the judiciary having sold their souls to the devil” according to a late-night statement by the inspector-general of police. His statement, unusually only in English, said she would be released after her statement was recorded — but his statement, issued at 10.30pm, came hours after Nurul Izzah had made a statement at Dang Wangi, then was taken to Jinjang police lock-up.

She would spend the night in the lock-up before being released this morning.

The inspector-general, Khalid Bakar, did not say in his statement whether the police action against her “contemptuous remark” was because she had spoken at the Kita Lawan rally in KL city centre outside Sogo, or in Parliament on Tuesday where she had delivered her father’s remarks to Parliament. A transcript of her speech in Parliament is recorded in Hansard, the official parliamentary record (copy posted above).

Her father, Anwar Ibrahim, was taken to jail in February to serve a five-year term on a sodomy charge after the Federal Court overturned his acquittal.

The man who filed the police report

A police report was filed against Nurul Izzah on Friday, and police acted the next day sending four policemen to her house on Saturday night while she was away.

The complaint had been made by syariah lawyer Zulkifli Noordin, a former member of Anwar’s Parti Keadilan Rakyat who was dismissed from the party after making a police report against Khalid Samad of PAS, the MP for Shah Alam, for supporting the right of Christians to use the word Allah, and publicly criticising Lim Guan Eng, secretary-general of DAP.

He switched sides again to Umno and at the 2013 general election, was fielded by the Barisan Nasional against Khalid Samad in Shah Alam and was defeated by 11,000 votes.

He is a vice-president of the Malay First ultra-rightwing pressure group Perkasa, led by Ibrahim Ali, and whose patron is Mahathir Mohamad.


  1. Hang Tuah permalink
    Wed 2015-Mar-18 @ MYT 09:01:33 am 09:01

    It appears Nurul has broken the rules –

    • uppercaise permalink*
      Wed 2015-Mar-18 @ MYT 16:35:20 pm 16:35

      I think the Pakatan are saying that her speech does not touch on the four “sensitive subjects” (citizenship, rulers, malay privileges and language). The other question of whether she broke the rules in Parliament or not is for the Speaker to decide, nothing to do with the police. The speaker told her she cannot read out someone else’s speech and said it would be regarded as hers. She agreed.

      In any case, many people including journalists and academicians, not just the Pakatan politicians, believe the whole Sedition Act should be abolished.

      You cannot have a functioning democracy when a certain class of people think they are beyond question – that includes rulers, judges, military, police, and others – by ordinary people.

  2. Hang Tuah permalink
    Wed 2015-Mar-18 @ MYT 18:31:37 pm 18:31

    Hello Uppercaise

    I beg to differ.

    Under Section 36(8), Members of Parliament (MPs) in debating, are forbidden to touch on the behavior or traits of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, the Malay Rulers, Yang di-Pertua Negeri, or judges and other persons exercising justice in court or a member of the Armed Forces Council.

    The Hansard you provided reads –

    Dalam tunduk akur kepada kehendak telunjuk tuan-tuan politik, hakim-hakim menjadi rakan jenayah pembunuhan kebebasan dan integriti badan kehakiman.
    Mereka menjual diri mereka kepada syaitan, memperdagangkan nurani mereka demi pulangan kebendaan, kedudukan dan jaminan jawatan. Mereka diberi peluang untuk menebus diri dengan bertindak membetulkan kesilapan badan kehakiman yang lampau, mengembalikan kemuliaan dan mengukir nama baik sebagai pembela sebenar keadilan. Sebaliknya mereka memilih untuk kekal dalam kegelapan.

    Timbalan Yang di-Pertua [Datuk Seri Dr. Ronald Kiandee]:
    Hati-hati dengan Peraturan 36(8), Yang Berhormat ya.

    Nurul was cautioned.

    • uppercaise permalink*
      Thu 2015-Mar-19 @ MYT 16:58:38 pm 16:58

      Yes, correct as far as that rule goes. Standing Orders are internal matters, not subject to police action. On the police action under the sedition law, Pakatan’s contention is that the subject of judges is not covered under the constitutional amendment and that immunity still applies because the Emergency Ordinance is invalid.

  3. Hang Tuah permalink
    Thu 2015-Mar-19 @ MYT 22:38:49 pm 22:38

    Jerome Lee says it too. You just can’t say as you please –

  4. Fri 2015-Mar-20 @ MYT 01:37:33 am 01:37

    Sedition and suppression of parliamentary immunity are long outmoded, and in Malaysia as shown in the past few years, it has mostly been used against critics of the Barisan Nasional. The Barisan Nasional professes to uphold democracy but not so in practice. The police have shown they have no regard, or understanding, of democratic practices. Telling people to shut up, and jailing them for speaking up, is a symptom of a dictatorship, not of democracy.

    Malaysia’s Parliament did not suffer from having parliamentary immunity from 1959 to 1970.

    If serious issues cannot be raised in Parliament, if certain people and certain issues can never be questioned, then the law is only to protect a certain elite. That is clearly what has been happening.

    Is Parliament to continue as just a rubber stamp for those at the very top, and not the voice of the people? That is how Barisan Nasional has operated for 57 years.

    If Malaysia is to progress, the Sedition Act must go, parliamentary immunity must be restored, no matter how uncomfortable it makes those fat cats at the very top. The more uncomfortable they are, the better the common people will be served.


  1. Police search Nurul Izzah’s home before release | uppercaise
  2. What are the authorities trying to do by arresting Nurul Izzah? | CILISOS - Current Issues Tambah Pedas!

Comments are closed.

%d bloggers like this: