Hadi Awang’s latest Facebook off the rails rant shows how Parti Islam SeMalaysia (PAS) is affected by the buffeting winds blowing from different directions. A media report on Hadi Awang’s claims that “minorities racing to vote for chance at political power, while Malays weakened by colonialist demons”, had red lights flashing.
Hadi sounds like he is undergoing a great deal of stress – PAS is caught in a no man’s land, stay with Muafakat Nasional, or go for broke with Perikatan Nasional (PN), is their biggest dilemma.
He is not the only one under a great of deal of political stress. Many ordinary folks are also feeling the same stress trying to make sense of the current political situation and the “State of emergency”.
The blame games
PAS playing bridesmaid to UMNO and Perikatan Nasional (PN) and habit of making incendiary statements is part of the cause and effect. PAS now finds its hard going and sliding fast down the slippery slope.
Using a twisted mind, Hadi in a lengthy critique now blame ethnic minorities, suggesting that they are scheming for political power and that this is the underlying reason why they are keen to go to the ballots.
There is a general feeling among the rakyat that PN is a “backdoor” government and holds no “legitimacy”. That stigma has not gone away. Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin himself has admitted that while the PN government is not necessarily the one that Malaysians voted for in May 2018. It’s only fair for the rakyat to request for an election to install a government of their choice.
Don’t blame the minorities for pushing for an election. By all accounts it is UMNO that is pushing for GE15. Umno secretary-general Ahmad Maslan made a call for a general election to be held by the first quarter (Q1) of 2021. Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi had said the party wants the next general election to be held immediately, saying polls have been held in other countries during the pandemic.
Maslan could not understand why people are against holding a General Election during a pandemic. Those who are against the idea of holding an election during the pandemic has been criticised by Maslan who implied those who were educated at PhD level could understand the need for it.
Mazlan is right, you need a PhD to understand manoeuvrings, outmanoeuvring, back-stabbing, frogging, Sheraton moves, sex scandals, the King’s role and powers and the Constitution, Maruah Melayu etc. A bachelor’s degree or a master’s degree is insufficient to understand the complexities and the intricacies of Malaysian politics and why the Malays in control of the nation are fighting amongst themselves.
Normal people would be grateful if given plum positions and ministerial posts, but why are some politicians still unhappy?
Corruption invalidates Islamic governance
Hadi is right up there with Trump Republican and QAnon on conspiracy theories. He claims the growing public disgust of politics is ultimately a result of a deep-seeded conspiracy by Western colonialists whose endgame is to sow suspicion towards “Islamic governance”. As a result, the Malays now lack “self-belief” and are even distrustful of their own faith, Hadi theorised.
The colonist left Malaysia about 58 years ago and there is no point of flogging a dead horse. The former colonist are also busy fighting pandemic on their own turf and have not time with Hadi brand of Islam and Islamic governance. Blaming western colonist is like blaming your mother for giving birth to you. She will ask you what have you done yourselves to make Malaysia a better place the last 58 years?
There is no such thing as “Islamic governance” when our leaders are corrupt and you ask to forgive them for their criminal activity. Party president Hadi Awang in his opening speech at the Assembly of Parti Islam SeMalaysia (PAS) in June 2019 said, their members must prioritise electing leaders who are Muslim over those with integrity.
“Integrity without Islam is not accepted by Allah, and a person with faith who has no integrity is still better than someone with integrity but no faith,” he told some 3,000 delegates and observers. In simple terms, Hadi espoused we must elect Muslim leaders even if they are corrupt as long as they are Muslims.
Nazri Aziz, a former federal minister leader, complained of selective court prosecution and “unequal” application of justice against Umno leaders. UMNO secretary-general Ahmad Maslan has also revealed one of UMNO’s key gripes with Perikatan Nasional is the latter’s decision to continue with court cases against the party and its leaders. Ahmad, said this outweighed the party’s dissatisfaction over positions in the government.
Sometimes a voice of reason speaks out. Umno MP Khairy Jamaluddin took to his Instagram and poured cold water over Maslan’s remarks. Khairy said, “Please don’t speak on behalf of the party when it comes to this. More like you and a few others want to see executive interference in the judicial process. Then we are no better than Tommy Thomas and Lim Guan Eng,” he said on his Instagram postings.
Malays lack of “self-belief” is their on making if they continue to support leaders who are corrupt and who have robbed the country dry at the expense of the rakyat. Religious people faith in god are always unwavering, but people would not put faith in politicians who sets the worse example for all and expect others to follow and like them.
The ethnic majority dominance of all aspects of Malaysian life has been severely weakened by bitter infighting and political struggles, all within their control. The pandemic situation affecting the economy has caused distress, leaving them worst off from where they started from.
The ethnic minority don’t have to do anything to win any race – the ethnic majority did it to themselves and weakened their own race by their own selfishness and sense of self entitlement.
Where is the ownership and accountability for all the corrupt misdeeds? The first thing that can heal the nation is to admit that the Malay Muslim leaders have failed and take steps to rectify their faults. No good blaming other races for the tainted meat scandal when your own JAKIM is the one issuing the “Halal” certificate.
Where is the Maruah Melayu now?
Let’s back track to the resolutions passed at the controversial Kongres Maruah Melayu (
Malay Dignity Congress) held in October 2019. Held with great fanfare and attended by thousands of Malays consisting of university students, academicians, leaders, and members of political parties, the congress was to restore dignity and pride of the Malay Muslim majority. That has gone up in smokes.
There were many resolutions passed at the congress. One of them was that main positions within the government should only be filled by Malay-Muslims. This has been done. Lim Guan Eng (former Finance Minister), Tommy Tomas (former Attorney General) and Richard Malajum (former Chief Justice) are no longer there. Then, why are the Malays Muslims are still squabbling among themselves now that they have all these positions to themselves? Hadi should not use the minority races as his own punching bag and reveal his own demons.
Making sense of a quagmire
Hadi has made some sense of his quagmire by saying, “We witness the hatred towards politics happening because they are influenced by demons wearing human masks, which is happening to the Muslims themselves who are used by their own puppet masters.” He has finally come to terms that the majority race is being manipulated by their own leaders and that are mere puppets on the strings.
People are not tired of politics because they understand how our democratic systems works, but people are tired of dirty politics and dirty politicians.
Unfortunately, in Malaysia, we cannot separate religion from politics as our Malay leaders are also Muslims. Their activities and religious faith are exposed as they use ‘political Islam” to manipulate their constituents and keep themselves in power. The behaviour of the Malay politicians now becomes the reflection of their faith.
We should debunk Hadi’s theories and treatise, using Islam as a disguise for his political agenda, and his penchant for blaming others. Its time to accept some accountability and take responsibility for your mistakes. We wasted 2 years debating RUU355 when all the effort could have gone to “Make Malaysia Great again”.