The PKR's supreme council decision to sack MP Zulkifli Noordin is a move to reaffirm the party's moderate position. Many voters who had voted for PKR against the communal based Barisan can breath comfortably with this decision.
This is a political first for any party in Malaysia. Malay-based political parties normally shy away from taking any disciplinary action against their members who may have overstepped the racial and religious boundaries. Politicians have been using the justification to defend their race supremacy and religious exclusivity as a shield and immunity against any action - party or civil.
This is no longer working for Zulkifli Noordin. Zulkifli has been taking a hard line position which is not consistent with his party's policy which threatens its popular multiracial appeal.
The federal government's decision not to pursue an action against two Al-Islam journalists stood in stark contrast against the decision made by PKR to sack Zulkifli Noordin. Self-proclaimed non-racial proponents in the Barisan coalition should stand up and take note. Barisan may just take in Perkasa, which the coalition cannot afford not to, and it will expose the hypocrisy of these non-racial proponents.
Better late than never, Anwar's stand against his party member is a step in the right direction. This is what we called real political will although Anwar is fully aware that this decision may earn a wrought from UMNO and other hardliners.
Malaysians must learn to appreciate the decision to sack Zulkifli. It is not just a disciplinary problem but a real ideological test. It will test if we are ready to walk a moderate path. This path must be layered with equality, mutual respect and respect for the rule of law.
If Zulkifli cannot even protect his own political career, how can he protect and defend God?
Anwar has proven that he is no longer a political chameleon.