Sharizat criticises Nurul Izzah’s Malaysia or Malaysaja

(Bernama) – The Wanita Umno movement slams Lembah Pantai Member of Parliament Nurul Izzah Anwar for questioning Article 153 of the Federal Constitution pertaining to the rights and privileges of the Malays.

Wanita Umno head Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil said there was no necessity for Nurul Izzah, from the Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR), to give a new interpretation on the rights of the Malays because the constitution today had already ensured that Malaysia was safe, peaceful and prosperous.

“If there are attempts to challenge the existing constitution, the risk that comes with it is too great,” the former Lembah Pantai MP said after launching the Federal Territory ‘Skuad Sayang’ at Bandar Tun Razak, here today.

Shahrizat, who is also the Women, Family and Community Development Minister, said the attempts by the opposition would only cause uneasiness not only among the Malays but also the other races in the country.

Nurul Izzah, in an article carried by the news portal ‘Malaysian Insider’ on Tuesday, among other things claimed that the ‘special privileges’ of the Malays were not mentioned, instead Article 153 only explained on the ‘special position’ of the Bumiputeras.

The daughter of the Opposition Leader, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, also claimed the rights of the Malays were merely a philosophy and ideology and not a law or constitution besides stressing that the Malay agenda contained in Article 153 was also temporary in nature.