Umno’s Kota Belud MP Abdul Rahman Dahlan has responded with obvious glee to PKR vice-president Nurul Izzah Anwar's remark that there should be no "compulsion in religion".

Following an Utusan Malaysia report today, which questioned whether Nurul Izzah is supportive of apostasy among Muslims, he tweeted: ‘Tq YB Nurul. You move life so much easier for us in BN. Keep it up.’

NONEThis was followed by more than 20 tweets, jabbing at the issue and dicing Nurul Izzah, who is also PKR’s Lembah Pantai MP.

‘We should request enlightenment from the PAS gangs about this pro-apostasy statement. Surely there will be those who will defend, for example Shah Alam (MP Khalid Abdul Samad),’ Abdul Rahman (right) said in another Twitter posting.

Nurul Izzah had in a statement earlier today vehemently denied that her comments at a forum last week mean that she supports apostasy among Muslims.

However, Abdul Rahman continued to mock her.

‘YB Nurul Izzah says she doesn't support apostasy but she said Malays can choose own religion. If that's not apostasy, what then? Changing tyres?’ he asked.

Another of his tweets reads: ‘I am Bajau, I'm not very good at Malay language. What does Nurul mean by supporting freedom of religion for Malays but not supporting apostasy?’

saifuddin abdullah taylors 050812To this, Umno's Temerloh MP Saifuddin Abdullah (right) replied: "If changing religion, then it means apostasy-lah. Unless there is a Malay language that I do not understand".

Saifuddin, who is viewed as a progressive in the BN, received criticism for his single tweet.

‘Old opportunist with a new style. Aren't you aware this is being played up by Umno's gangs to accuse YB Nurul of supporting apostasy?’ tweeted a user named Shahril.

"Don't talk about new politics if it is just words and not an attitude for progressive politics.”

Another with the username mdfirdaus68 tweeted: ‘I thought you are better, I guess I was wrong. A hyena is always a hyena, can't resist a carcass.’

However, Saifuddin took the criticism in stride and re-tweeted these to his followers.

Nurul’s explanation in blog

Nurul Izzah too has taken to twitter to response to a torrent of questions, directing them to her blog for her official explanation.

She also expressed frustration, stating that she has been shot down for engaging the public on the matter.

"Well, shows just how engagement is going to be a painful and long process," she said in a posting.