Hadi did the RIGHT Thing
Hadi’s tell all turns allies into adversaries
At a PAS meeting in Marang, Trengganu, President Abdul Hadi Awang laid bare the events that led up to the Kajang move and the subsequent attempt at removing Khalid from the Selangor Menteri Besar’s position.
He recounted the inquiry held by a Pakatan Rakyat leaders’ tribunal which sought answers from Khalid Ibrahim on the issues now common knowledge to all, and how the members were satisfied with Khalid’s explanations and even concluded that Khalid needed help to resolve those issues.
The tribunal consisted of three senior leaders each from PAS, DAP and PKR.
Hadi clarified that PAS never favoured the Kajang move that began with the shock resignation of assemblyman Lee Chin Cheh too soon after GE13, but cooperated anyway in the campaign to get Wan Azizah elected.
He said that for newcomers to PAS, the events of the last few days may be disorienting and cause uneasiness but assured them that it was a minor glitch in the big picture of PAS’s survivability. Citing past crises when notable leaders had left PAS to form splinter groups, he pointed out that the mother party still stood strong to this day.
He reiterated that the Selangor issue was never really a PAS problem but one created by someone else, and yet PAS shouldered the burden as best as it could.
As seen in the Trengganukini web video, Hadi fielded questions from the audience. Chief among those were queries about PAS’s current status in PR, why Hadi had sent in three nominees against the wishes of coalition partners DAP and PKR, and if there was truth in rumours that elements in PAS were trying to establish a splinter group called PASMA.
Hadi answered the first query by affirming that PAS was still within the PR coalition. To the second question, his reply was, “The Sultan asked for more than two and PAS easily understood that.” On PASMA, he said that splinter groups had been formed before in the past and that anyone was free to exercise his democratic right to do so.
His answers were simple but carried in fine form and his justifications were backed with numerous scriptural references, as is the habit of men of the cloth.
Surely the seasoned politician in Hadi was covering all his bases when he repeated that PAS was still within PR while on the other hand preparing the members for the eventuality of an exit with his references to how PAS had stood the test of time and was unshaken by larger crises that it had gone through before. It is unclear if he was referring to a PAS exit from PR, or the exodus of PAS leaders to form PASMA, or both.
It is hard to believe that Hadi would lie about the tribunal as verification could easily be sought from members of the tribunal themselves. The PAS president is undoubtedly an expert orator and has sold his side of the story with skill and conviction. His greatest defence has been his seemingly consistent position against the Kajang move and the attempted ouster of Khalid Ibrahim, which he has argued was the principled and Islamic position for PAS to take.
One only wonders if it was consistency or personal discretion that dictated the decision to pick a PAS candidate for the third nominee, or if Hadi had used a different scale to measure PAS’s covenant with PKR and DAP with regard to who has dibs on the Selangor top job.
With the moderates setting up a new party, it is reasonable to assume that the two mavericks who sided early with Wan Azizah would be counted in, leaving PAS with 13 seats. It can’t form a “unity government” with Umno’s 12 assemblyman because the numbers still put them in the minority in a state assembly of 56.
But this only safeguards PR at the Selangor level.
Ramifications at the parliamentary level will be more serious. With the so-called progressive moderates out of the way, Hadi would be able to steer the PAS ship to the nearest BN port of call, improving BN’s hopes of acquiring the two-third majority required to alter the Federal Constitution. And hudud may just be the carrot to bring that ship to berth. No amount of protests after that would count for anything.
This tell all by Hadi has in effect closed the channels to any reconciliation, and the positions of the one-time allies look only likely to harden with each passing day.
There was a time when no one could imagine a viable relationship between PAS and DAP without PKR and Anwar Ibrahim being the bridge-maker. But between PKR’s uncompromising blockade of the bridge over the Menteri Besar affair, and Hadi’s refusal to pay toll to preserve PR, it appears we are staring at the last few metres of this wonderful journey of surprises.
Why blame Hadi for all this fiasco? Hadi did the RIGHT Thing as required by the Sultan.
All this is brought by one man- Anwar Ibrahim who thinks he is always right.
After losing Perak state not so long ago and now he is at it.
PR in the last election also cannot win backPerak.
It is so difficult to win a state and now he is again trying to do the IMPOSSIBLE.
Getting rid of a good man Khalid just to get his hands on the RM3.2 billion.
Using this state funds to pay for his party's headquater's rent and to buy off BN MPs to jump to PR side, he is again doing what he did with Perak only this Time he will have the MONEY - not empty promises.
This is sickening and probably will not work.
DAP should not join him in this scheme, utterly disappointing as I always think of DAP leaders as a level-headed and with integrity.
Literally DAP is no better than PKR.