Datuk Zulkifli Noordin is perhaps one of the most high-profile non-elected politicians in Malaysia. He was the former MP for Kulim-Bandar Baharu in Kedah where he won in 2008 through a PKR ticket. At the moment, Zulkifli is an independent politician who is BN (Barisan Nasional) friendly.
Zulkifli is a Syariah Lawyer in profession where he currently holds the vice-president’s post in the Malay right-wing group Perkasa. He is among the most outspoken politicians over the Allah issue. Zulkifli was sacked from PKR in 2010 after he joined hands with Datuk Zahrain Mohd Hashim in going against the leadership of Pakatan Rakyat. They both then turned independent and became BN-friendly MPs in parliament, often criticizing opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and other leaders of the opposition.
Zulkifli was heavily criticized early in 2013 for ridiculing Hindu gods which dented his chances of winning a seat at the 13th General Election held that year. He apologized for his remarks in April 2013 as the General Election was a month away. Riding on his vocal support for BN, he was fielded by the ruling coalition to contest in the Shah Alam parliamentary seat, which he lost miserably. Zulkifli remains a prominent figure in politics as he cannot seem to find a foothold with any party where he now turns his attention in Perkasa.
Written by MalaysiaToday