COMMENT | Under pressure from the latest disclosures from Sarawak Report editor Clare Rewcastle-Brown, PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang has issued a statement that attempts to pluck the flower of safety from the nettle of danger.
The disclosures – in a statement by Rewcastle-Brown defending herself in a defamation suit brought by Hadi in relation to alleged wealth accumulation by his cronies in PAS – have placed the party and its supremo in a tenuous light.
In a statement last Friday that veered from disdain towards detractors to imperious certainty that the PAS way is the way, Hadi rebuked Pakatan Harapan chair Dr Mahathir Mohamad (photo) – without naming him – for masquerading as a reformer.
Also, he defended the PAS position of aversion for Harapan and wary cooperation with Umno.
Hadi said PAS declined to dangle any hope of collaboration with the “coalition of hope,” which he disdained as one trying to be both prosecutor of wrongdoers and counsel to the wronged, arguing that this double act won’t wash because of the inherent duplicity.
His explanation: “In its (Harapan’s) folds are plunderers who from long ago conspired to cause a cycle of problems as continuous as the beads on a string for counting prayer chants.”
No prizes for guessing who the PAS supremo is fingering here.
Hadi asserted that according to Islamic criteria, tainted leaders cannot be relied on to rectify wrongs...