I find the headline of the article, ‘Hadi blames Dr M for weakening of Islamic political power’ more rhetoric than anything. Perplexed by it, I had to lash out with my pen at Abdul Hadi Awang for talking nonsense, thinking that Malaysians are that stupid to buy his rhetoric.
I can understand if the PAS president had awoken on the wrong side of the bed, but for him to now point the finger at former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad is absolute rubbish, when the world over looks down upon Malaysia as a modern Islamic nation because of our long scandalous history. According to Trading Economics, ‘Corruption Rank in Malaysia averaged 42.45 from 1995 until 2016, reaching an all time high of 60 in 2011 and a record low of 23 in 1995'.
I am sure Hadi is not aware that we are right in the midst of one of the worst scandals that has hit world news for nearly two years, with our infamous 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) fiasco.
As non-Muslims ourselves, we also question the integrity of the Muslim leaders in this country, when major scandals involving the theft of billions of dollars could be exposed worldwide and are being investigated by authorities in some 10 countries around the world, yet no further investigation or action is taken against the culprits, despite the hopeful and initial urging for investigation by the Conference of Rulers more than a year ago.
Whereas a so-called non-Muslim nation like Singapore has prosecuted several culprits - and the latest, we are hoping the news is true that Jho Low’s private jet has also been impounded by the Singapore authorities - we as a nation are still allowing the culprits to roam freely.
How can Hadi expect the people to respect him if he never even makes a squeak about 1MDB? Or spoken about it?
How would non-Muslims believe that this man is really after God’s heart to implement God’s law, when the money siphoned from 1MDB and splashed around overseas has brought us much suffering?
Blaming former prime minister Dr Mahathir for “the weakening of Islamic political power” is politically immature for the Islamist party president. I am sure he was not born yesterday.
In the case of Bumiputra Malaysia Finance (BMF), at least the then-prime minister (when he was still with Umno) was not directly involved in the scandal, but in the 1MDB scandal, the US Department of Justice has identified us as a nation of kleptocrats. Although in the same document, Malaysian Official 1 is not identified, cabinet minister Abdul Rahman Dahlan has established him to be none other than Najib Abdul Razak.
The international investigators who were investigating 1MDB could not trace any Arab donor who had allegedly donated RM2.6 billion into private accounts of Najib himself.
So what Islamic political base is Hadi talking about? Back then in the 1980s, at least Malaysia was respected as a nation par excellence; today, we are seen as a nation of kleptocrats, moving towards becoming another failed nation. Period.
The real reason
The real reason for the weakening of PAS’ political power base, rather than Islamic political base, is because of Hadi himself. As a non-Muslim, I respected PAS when it was part of Pakatan Rakyat. Immediately after the demise of the late Nik Aziz Nik Mat, PAS had deteriorated.
I only began to realise then that the people in PAS that I respected in the past are in fact now in Amanah. These are the people who interfaced with the rest of the rakyat. People like Mohamad Sabu (Mat Sabu) and Khalid Samad became prominent because they could speak in a lingo that all Malaysians can understand. Hadi was hardly being heard of.
My personal evaluation of Hadi as a PAS leader only started when he became the PAS president. One after another, cracks started to appear.
When I compared this to his past record as a menteri besar of Terengganu during the early years of Reformasi with the support from Barisan Alternatif, I was not surprised that PAS lost Terengganu thereafter. In that same year, Hadi even lost his Marang parliamentary seat to Abdul Rahman Bakar from Umno.
STEPHEN NG is an ordinary citizen with an avid interest in following political developments in the country since 2008.- Mkini