The Straits Times
Published on Nov 16, 2012

Anwar comes to daughter Nurul Izzah's defence


GEORGE TOWN (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) : Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim defended his daughter Nurul Izzah over her alleged remarks about freedom of choice in religion for Muslims.

Ms Nurul Izzah had not been given a fair chance to defend herself, Datuk Seri Anwar said, adding that even former Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi had said in 2007 that there was no compulsion in religion and that there was nothing that can stop Muslims leaving Islam.

"Nurul Izzah's statement didn't even come close to that. She just said that there is a verse in the Quran that says that there is no compulsion in religion, but we are bound by the constitution," Mr Anwar told reporters after attending the opening ceremony of a Maal Hijrah seminar at the Tabung Haji Complex here Thursday.

Tun Abdullah, speaking after opening the 18th Conference of International Islamic FIQH Academy in Putrajaya on July 9, 2007, had said that religious authorities should find out the grouses of Muslim converts who wanted to return to their former religion.