Nurul Izzah Anwar comes from a political family. She is the current Vice-President of the Malaysian political party PKR (People’s Justice Party), and is also the daughter of Anwar Ibrahim, a former Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister who was jailed in 1999 and banned from politics until 2008 for charges of corruption and sodomy (but arguably because he was a prominent critic of the then Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad). Her mother Wan Azizah Wan Ismail is the President of PKR.
Nurul Izzah is also the current Member of Parliament for the parliamentary constituency of Lembah Pantai. In the last few weeks, she has been facing “heavy fire” from Malaysian Islamic scholars like the mufti of the state of Perak, the chairman of the National Fatwa Council, and the ulama of the largest and most dominant political party since Malaysia’s independence, UMNO (United Malays National Organisation).
What did she say that was so offensive to the dominant religio-political powers? [Read more...]