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Best Wishes to Hadi for swift recovery from heart surgery to the best of health

I congratulate PAS President, Datuk Hadi Awang on a successful heart surgery and convey to him my best wishes for his swift recovery to the best of health.

We may have different political positions, but it is a test of maturity of Malaysian political leaders in a democratic system that political leaders must always be civil and polite with each other, and never be personal, cantankerous or abusive in pursuit of their roles in a democratic system to submit their objectives, programmes and policies to the peaceful and democratic electoral endorsement of the people in periodic general elections. Read the rest of this entry »

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“Curiouser and curiouser” as there is no way PAS can win 40 parliamentary seats and five state governments without some form of electoral arrangement or alliance with UMNO

Lewis Caroll’s Alice in Wonderland phraseology of “curiouser and curiouser” comes to mind as there is no way PAS can win 40 parliamentary seats and five state governments without some form of electoral arrangement or alliance with UMNO.

The results of the general elections since 1959 shows that PAS achieved its best results in the 1999, 2008 and 2013 general elections when it was a member of the Barisan Alternative or Pakatan Rakyat opposition coalition, as illustrated by the following chart:

MP PAS Total seats
won contest
1959 13 58 104
1964 9 53 104
1969 12 62 144
1974 154
1978 5 88 154
1982 5 82 154
1986 1 98 177
1990 7 30 180
1995 7 45 192
1999 27 62 193
2004 6 86 219
2008 (1+) 23 66 222
2013 21 73 222

In the last few days, PAS leaders have upped the ante and are talking about fielding 100 parliamentary candidates (an increase from the figure of 80 parliamentary contests cited before the PAS Muktamar last month) although they are still keeping their winning total to a “modest” 40! Read the rest of this entry »

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Will UMNO concede to PAS the 40 parliamentary seats and five state governments which PAS leaders declare as their objectives in 14GE?

Malaysians must put to rest once and for all the spectre and threat of May 13 racial riots in the 14th General Election by demonstrating that Malaysia is a normal democratic country where voters can peacefully and democratically through the ballot box elect a new government coalition in Putrajaya to look after the interests of all Malaysians, regardless of race, religion or region.

Political desperadoes are trying to create a hot-house atmosphere by the irresponsible politics of lies, hate and fear to banish reason and common sense and stampede Malaysian voters into believing that the next general elections is great battle of race vs race and religion vs religion.

This is completely untrue, for the 14GE is not any battle of race vs race or religion vs religion, but a battle between democracy vs kleptocracy – whether Malaysia can be saved from the trajectory of a failed and rogue state.

The 14GE is not a battle between Malays vs non-Malays or Muslim vs non-Muslims but a battle among Malaysians, regardless of race or religion on both sides, between those who on the one hand want Malaysia to reset nation-building directions and policies up save democracy and on the other hand, those who want Malaysia to continue on the road to kleptocracy, a failed and a rogue state. Read the rest of this entry »

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Pandikar has ended up as a “bloody fool” with his abuse of powers as Speaker in disallowing a debate on Hadi’s private member’s bill motion

Parliament Speaker, Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia said in Parliament yesterday:

“A politician friend once told me: ‘If you are in power you are very powerful. If you don’t use the power you are a bloody fool.’

“Today I don’t want to be a bloody fool, I want to exercise my authority, and rule that the debate will be held in the next parliament meeting.”

Unfortunately, Pandikar has ended up, in his own words, as a “bloody fool” with his abuse of powers as Speaker in disallowing a debate on PAS President Datuk Seri Hadi Awang’s private member’s bill motion to amend the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act or RUU 355, yesterday and adjourn the debate to the next parliamentary meeting scheduled in July.

In the first place, the Speaker has no authority to create his own rules or arrogate to himself powers that are not in the Dewan Rakyat Standing Orders, or we will have a dictator as Speaker of Parliament. Read the rest of this entry »

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Kenapa Kit Siang bangkit mencelah pembentangan usul Haji Hadi

oleh Izmil Amri
Roketkini
Pada 6 April 2017

Bertubi-tubi orang memarahi Ahli Parlimen Gelang Patah, Lim Kit Siang yang dilihat cuba menghalang Ahli Parlimen Marang, Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang daripada membentangkan usul persendiriannya yang penuh kontroversi di Parlimen hari ini.

Hadi sudah beberapa kali sebelum ini diberi ruang oleh pihak kerajaan untuk membentangkan usul yang lebih dikenali sebagai RUU355 itu, namun beberapa kali itu juga memohon untuk menangguhkan pembentangannya.

Usul Hadi itu mendapat keistimewaan hari ini apabila pihak kerajaan semalam menangguhkan lima rang undang-undang yang sebelum ini disenaraikan mendahului usul Hadi, setelah Dewan Rakyat terus bersidang sehingga hampir subuh.

Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin menjelaskan bahawa kerajaan telah meminta supaya usul Hadi diberikan keutamaan.

Proses tersebut kecoh seketika, apabila beberapa wakil rakyat pembangkang bangkit mempersoalkan kenapa hal tersebut berlaku; sedangkan baru sahaja minggu lalu Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Razak mengumumkan bahawa kerajaan tidak akan mengambil alih usul Hadi, dengan alasan ia adalah konsensus Barisan Nasional. Read the rest of this entry »

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Hadi should name the “mastermind” blocking his private member’s bill if he is not to be taken as an irresponsible political leader who make baseless allegations

PAS President Datuk Seri Hadi Awang should name the “mastermind” blocking his private member’s bill to amend Act 355 if he is not to be taken as an irresponsible political leader who make baseless allegations.

Who is this “mastermind” that can make the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak make a U-turn and renege on his announcement at the UMNO General Assembly last November that the government will take over Hadi’s private member’s bill? Read the rest of this entry »

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Ke mana agaknya arah tuju PAS?

oleh Zamzani Husin
Roketkini
18 Mac 2017

Saya dapat membayangkan bagaimana rentan dan berkecamuknya hati penyokong tegar PAS apabila dikhabarkan Presidennya, Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang sedang atau mungkin telah membahagi-bahagikan negeri untuk diperintah antara parti Islam itu dan seteru (lama?) iaitu UMNO yang kini di bawah pemerintahan Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

Dalam satu video yang tular baru-baru ini, Hadi Awang di hadapan podium dengan penuh yakin dan ‘tawaduk’ berkata:

“Terengganu, Kelantan, Kedah, Perak, Selangor. Biar PAS memimpin. Negeri lain UMNO nak lagi biarkan dia. Biarkan dia,” ujar Hadi Awang yang ketika itu berserban dan berjubah putih dalam majlis pelancaran jentera pilihan raya PAS di Alor Limbat dekat Marang. Read the rest of this entry »

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Any passage of Hadi’s private member’s bill motion in Parliament next Thursday will make a total mockery of BN Supreme Council decision that BN government will not take over Hadi’s private member’s bill to amend Act 355

After the announcement of the Barisan Nasional Supreme Council decision on Wednesday night by the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak that the federal government will not takeover PAS President Datuk Seri Hadi Awang’s private member’s bill to amend Act 355, attention has shifted to whether Hadi will be able to move his private member’s bill motion next Thursday (last day of the present Parliamentary meeting) and whether there would be a debate and a vote, and if so, what the voting outcome would be like.

Any passage of Hadi’s private member’s bill motion in Parliament next Thursday will make a total mockery of the Barisan Nasional Supreme Council decision that the BN government will not take over Hadi’s private member’s bill. Read the rest of this entry »

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Two important outcomes of BN Supreme Council meeting – averting final funeral rites for a consensus-based BN and clear affirmation that to criticize or even oppose Hadi’s private member’s bill is not being anti-Islam

Two days ago, I asked in very blunt language whether the Barisan Nasional founded by Tun Razak in 1973 will be finally buried with the consensus-based political coalition of 13 political parties replaced by a political coalition which does not operate on consensus principle but solely on the political hegemony of UMNO.

The Barisan Nasional Supreme Council meeting last night prevented the necessity to perform the final funeral rites for a consensus-based Barisan Nasional founded by Tun Razak 44 years ago, although there are adequate examples and developments that consensus-based Barisan Nasional coalition is quite sick and in quite a terminal stage.

Such examples and developments occurred in the last two Parliamentary meetings in May and October/November last year where UMNO Ministers unilaterally gave priority to PAS President Datuk Seri Hadi Awang’s private member’s bill motion without consultation, consent and consensus from the other 12 Barisan Nasional parties and the unilateral announcements by both the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and the Deputy Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Zahid Hamidi that the Barisan Nasional government will take over Hadi’s bill and will table Hadi’s bill in the present meeting of Parliament.
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Are we in the last ten days or fortnight of the 44-year-old Barisan Nasional founded by Tun Razak in 1973 as a consensus-based political coalition if UMNO imposes hegemony by unilaterally taking over Hadi’s private member’s bill on RUU 355, whether on April 6 to 10?

Are we in the last ten days or fortnight of the 44-year-old Barisan Nasional founded by Tun Razak in 1973 as a consensus-based political coalition if UMNO imposes hegemony by unilaterally taking over PAS President Datuk Seri Hadi Awang’s private member’s bill on RUU 355, whether on April 6 (the last day of the present Parliamentary meeting) or on April 10 (extension of present Parliament)?

Will Barisan Nasional totally change its character in the next 10 to 14 days from a political coalition where there must be the 3Cs, consultation, consensus and consent from and with everyone of the 13 Barisan Nasional component parties before a policy, measure or decision can become Barisan Nasional government policy, measure or decision into one where the Barisan Nasional is only a coalition in name but accepts UMNO hegemony, where what UMNO leaders want and desire become the law in Barisan Nasional? Read the rest of this entry »

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The issue in the 14th General Election is whether to Save Malaysia or to Save Najib

The next 14th General Election will present Malaysian voters with a very clear-cut national choice – to Save Malaysia or to Save Najib Razak.

In less than eight years under the sixth Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak has succeeded where the country’s first five Prime Ministers, Tunku Abdul Rahman, Tun Razak, Tun Hussein, Tun Mahathir and Tun Abdullah had not done in 52 years – subjecting Malaysia to world-wide ridicule and mockery as a global kleptocracy.

I told Parliament in a debate last November that there is nothing to be proud to be regarded as a “global klepotocracy” as a kleptocracy is a government of 3Ps – Pencuri, Perompak and Penyamun. Former Prime Minister, Tun Dr. Mahathir said there is a fourth P – Penyangak!

Malaysia must be saved from a global kleptocracy, which will hurtle Malaysia towards a failed and rogue state.

I do not believe there are any Malaysians, regardless of race, religion, region or even political affiliation, who wants Malaysia to become and continue to be a global kleptocracy, and even ordinary UMNO and PAS members, if they understand the real issues involved in the 14th GE, would unite with all patriotic Malaysians to save Malaysia from a global kleptocracy. Read the rest of this entry »

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Thanks to Kedah DAP leaders for suggesting that I contest in Kedah in 14GE – but wait for my response in Gelang Patah tomorrow

I want to thank the Kedah DAP Chairman and DAP State Assembyman for Derga, Sdr. Tan Kok Yew and DAP State Assemblyman for Kota Darul Aman, Sdr. Teoh Boon Bok for suggesting in the ceramahs this morning that I contest in Kedah in the 14th General Election.

In my parliamentary constituency in Gelang Patah in Johor, MCA and Gerakan have launched an attack on me by putting up “Missing Person” posters.

I said yesterday that I would address these “Missing Person” posters when I return to Gelang Patah this evening, but I want through the media this morning to announce a slight change of plan.

Although I will be back in Gelang Patah this evening, it would be quite late, I will instead hold a media conference tomorrow morning to address these “Missing Person” posters.

While I thank the Kedah DAP leaders for their offer to me to contest in Kedah in the next general election, let us wait until my media conference in Gelang Patah tomorrow. Read the rest of this entry »

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PAS leadership fantasies of winning 40 Parliament Seats and capturing Selangor in 14GE

Recently, a video of clip of PAS President, Hadi Awang viralled.

In this video, he was clearly shown to have made two important points. Firstly, that PAS wanted to win control of Kelantan, Terengganu, Kedah, Perak and Selangor and that PAS would leave the other states to UMNO.

Secondly, that PAS wanted to win 40 parliament seats in the next general election to have the “king-maker” role to determine the next Federal Government in Malaysia.

I am not sure where Hadi derives his confidence to win 40 parliament seats in the next general election but it seems to be based more on fantasy than facts. Read the rest of this entry »

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If 45 non-UMNO BN MPs withdraw support from Najib because BN has changed character from a coalition based on consensus into one under UMNO hegemony, PAS’ 14MPs would not be enough to save Najib’s premiership and government

The central issue today is not whether PAS President Datuk Seri Hadi Awang’s private member’s bill motion to amend RU355 would be supported in the present meeting of Parliament, and the merits and demerits of Hadi’s private member’s bill, but whether Barisan Nasional has changed character from a coalition of 13 political parties based on consensus into a coalition under UMNO hegemony, where the other 12 non-UMNO parties do not matter at all as “what UMNO wants, UMNO gets”.

All the leaders and even Ministers from the other 12 non-UMNO parties in the Barisan Nasional have expressed their opposition to Hadi’s private member’s bill, including the entire Sarawak state government with the Sarawak Chief Minister, Datuk Abang Johari Openg directing the four PBB Muslim Ministers and all the 25 Sarawak BN MPs to reject Hadi’s private member’s bill motion.

I want to specifically ask Hadi and the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom whether they dare to say that the PBB President, Abang Openg, the four PBB Muslim Ministers – Nancy Shukri, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department; Datuk Fadillah Yusuf, Minister for Works; Datuk Wan Junaidi, Minister for Natural Resources and Environment; and Rohani Abdul Rahman, Minister for Women, Family and Community Development – and all 25 Sarawak BN Members of Parliament are anti-Islam as they are committed to reject Hadi’s private member’s bill motion?

Can Hadi and Jamil Khir explain why there are so many Ministers and MPs in Barisan Nasional who are anti-Islam?

Or could Hadi and Jamil Khir be in the wrong, in wrongly accusing those who reject Hadi’s private member’s bill as anti-Islam? Read the rest of this entry »

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Perbezaan ketara antara PAS versi Nik Aziz, dan PAS versi Hadi Awang

Sepanjang tempoh 48 jam lalu, kita diperlihatkan dengan satu lagi aspek perbezaan ketara antara PAS versi Nik Aziz, dan PAS versi Hadi Awang.

Suatu sandiwara penyebaran berita palsu dan fitnah telah berlangsung dalam penyampaian memorandum kononnya oleh akar umbi PAS kepada Ketua Penerangan PAS, Nasarudin Hassan yang meminta Jawatankuasa Pusat PAS supaya memutuskan hubungan dengan mana-mana pihak yang mempunyai pertalian dengan DAP dan Amanah, diiringi beberapa poster menyerang pimpinan Pakatan Harapan dan Bersatu.

Banner yang mahal dan berwarna-warni, menyerang pemimpin Pakatan Harapan dan Bersatu – termasuk satu yang memaparkan wajah saya dan menyerang saya sebagai ‘Musuh Melayu/Islan (Rasis)’ – dipamerkan di luar Pejabat Agung PAS di Kuala Lumpur bagi menyampaikan rasa tidak suka dan benci yang bersangatan terhadap pimpinan DAP, Amanah dan Bersatu seperti Tun Mahathir, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, Mohamad Sabu dan saya sendiri.

Ini adalah sesuatu yang tidak akan terjadi dalam PAS versi Nik Aziz, kerana tidak akan ada Ketua Penerangan PAS yang akan berani mengatur dan menjalankan aksi politik nakal sedemikian, kerana beliau pastinya akan mengundang kemarahan Nik Aziz.
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Hadi’s bill: A violation of the shariah

By Nurul Haq Shahrir
Free Malaysia Today
February 25, 2017

It is not whether the shariah should be reintroduced or reinforced as statutory law, but rather how can medieval Islamic jurisprudence be adapted to meet the needs of justice in modern societies.

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The two leading Malay-Muslim political parties, PAS and Umno have been competing to be the greater defender of Islam since the early eighties – a necessary stratagem in bolstering the credibility of their Islamic credentials in the eyes of the Malay electorate.

Due to the multi-religious composition of the governing coalition, Barisan Nasional (BN), Umno which is the leading party of Barisan Nasional cultivates its image as the promoter of a moderate, pragmatic form of Islam and contrasts itself against the ostensibly backward, conservative brand of Islam as advocated by PAS whose calls to “Islamise” the laws of the country from as early as the 1980s were emboldened by the recent tabling of the motion to amend the Syariah Court (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965, or what is commonly referred to as Act 355, by PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang in November 2016.

The Malaysian government’s earlier move on May 26, 2016 to expedite for parliamentary deliberation the private member’s bill introduced by Hadi too surprised and unsettled many. The move has been construed by many as a step towards the implementation of Islamic penal code (also referred to as hudud).

Others, in particular the prime minister and his cabinet members have dismissed this reading and clarified that the bill would only augment the sentencing power of the shariah court, which only involves Muslims.

Obviously, one cannot deny that this move has also been interpreted as nothing more than a ruse to boost the political credentials of Umno and PAS in the face of the coming general election.

It would eventually come to nothing. It is all part of the ruling coalition’s political gambit to win the next election. That is totally understandable and politically imperative to do so. Read the rest of this entry »

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Enacting harsh laws makes us less Islamic

By Ahmad Farouk Musa
Islamic Renaissance Front
February 20, 2017

Every rule that turns justice into tyranny, mercy into cruelty, good into evil and wisdom into triviality does not belong to the Shariah.

Much has been debated about the amendments to the Shariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965. A massive demonstration in support of the bill was held last Saturday and tensions are running high.

PAS has insisted that the main aim of the proposed amendment is not to introduce hudud but to strengthen the shariah laws and shariah courts.

But if that is true, then PAS for sure must have identified the weaknesses. To the general observer, the weaknesses are apparent and appalling. Read the rest of this entry »

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Himpunan PAS RUU 355 : A Big Flop

Koon Yew Yin
21.2.2017

The recent PAS RUU rally in support of the private member’s bill tabled by PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang, to amend the Shariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965 turned out to be a damp squib or in simple English – a big flop!

It was a flop in several ways. Firstly, although PAS had targeted a crowd of 300,000 to show the country that the Malay electorate was behind the controversial amendment, police and analysts estimated the crowd at only 20,000. The turnout – so much smaller than even Bersih or Hindraf organized past rallies – not only shows that this issue does not resonate with the Malay public. It also shows that the reputed grassroots support for PAS has been overrated.

Although in the past we have seen the organizational ability of PAS in drawing the Malay Muslim crowd to rally alongside non-Muslims in Bersih and Pakatan rallies, this time round the Malay public stayed away.

If the thinking in PAS ulama leaders led by Hadi is that his proposed amendments would serve as its main political strategy in order to attract greater support, it is clear that grassroots supporters do not want to give wider powers to shariah courts and to be made use of by Hadi in his ambition to push for an Islamic state in Malaysia.

Which Malay in his right mind wants to see an increase in maximum punishment for shariah offences to 30 years’ jail, fine of up to RM100,000 and up to 100 strokes of the cane for offences?

Which rational Malaysian wants to see the introduction of a two tier legal system in which Muslims will be discriminated against as proposed by Hadi and his men, and which could also result in hudud law being a reality in our multi-racial Malaysia? Read the rest of this entry »

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Is UMNO such a hegemon in BN that it could disregard MCA, Gerakan, MIC and Sabah/Sarawak BN component parties as to unilaterally support and take over Hadi’s private member’s bill in Parliament next month?

Constitutional expert Prof Datuk Dr. Shad Saleem Faruqi yesterday told a forum in Kuala Lumpur that PAS President, Datuk Seri Hadi Awang’s private member’s bill is about enhancing punishments for crimes that are clearly outside the legal jurisdiction of the states and therefore unconstitutional.

Furthermore, Hadi’s private member’s bill could create inequality between Muslim and non-Muslim criminals, which would violate the equality provision of Article 8 of the Constitution.

Perlis mufti Datuk Dr Asri Zainul Abidin expressed disappointment that the issue could not be properly debated as Muslims would be accused of being anti-Islam when they try to discuss the matter. Read the rest of this entry »

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If Najib government and Hadi’s PAS leadership are not prepared to Save Malaysia from global kleptocracy and a failed and rogue state, then ordinary Malaysians, including UMNO and PAS members, must come forward to Save Malaysia

For many months, Malaysians going overseas have been faced with the embarrassing situation when asked which country they come from.

Once Malaysians had no problem in proudly identifying themselves as coming from Malaysia, but now they hesitate whether to answer the question as they would be confronted with embarrassing questions about Malaysia becoming a global kleptocracy, the infamous international multi-billion dollar 1MDB money-laundering scandal involving the Prime Minister which have caused the closure of banks and imprisonment of bankers for money-laundering in other countries, MO1 and many other difficult questions.

Do we have a national strategy, involving the full support of the government, to counter Malaysia’s infamy and ignominy of being regarded worldwide as a global kleptocracy?

The silence and indifference of the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak, leaders of other Barisan Nasional parties, as well as the PAS President, Datuk Seri Hadi Awang to the invitation to this Save Malaysia Roundtable is loudest answer to this question.

Clearly, we have not even taken the first step to Save Malaysia from global kleptocracy, which is to end the “global pretence” that the international multi-billion dollar 1MDB money-laundering scandal had been resolved and ceased to be an issue. Read the rest of this entry »

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