Zaid: SIS need not drop “Islam”

By Shanon Shah, The Nut Graph

Former Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Zaid Ibrahim has hit out at calls for Sisters in Islam (SIS) to drop "Islam" from its name.

"Most probably those who make such demands are not familiar with SIS's activities," Zaid said in a posting on his blog today.

He specifically referred to calls by Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) Kulim-Bandar Baru Member of Parliament Zulkifli Noordin and former Selangor menteri besar from Umno, Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Khir Toyo, for SIS to drop "Islam" from its name.

"Such is the culture of tolerance in Malaysia today that only Khir Toyo and Zulkifli are qualified to determine who can use Islam and who cannot," he said.

On the same note, Zaid said he was "shocked" that the recently-concluded PAS muktamar had resolved that SIS needed to be investigated and acted upon if its teachings were "against Islam".