KUALA LUMPUR – The police said they are monitoring developments, but found no threat from PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang’s involvement in an organisation that was accused of supporting terrorism.
“As far as Malaysia is concerned, there is no threat from his involvement in the group,” Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun told local daily The Star.
The so-called Anti-Terror Quarter which consists of Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, had yesterday added the International Union of Muslim Scholars (IUMS) — of which Hadi is vice-president — into its list of terrorist groups.
The Qatar-based group of Muslim scholars is headed by Egyptian theologian Yusuf Al-Qardawi, whom Saudi has accused of having links to terrorism.
The quartet has cut diplomatic ties with Qatar last June, and accused the latter of backing terrorist groups.
The Star also reported PAS Ulama wing chief Datuk Mahfodz Mohamed as saying that the Malaysian government has not listed IUMS as a terrorist organisation.
“It is obvious that it is a malicious report to discredit the union that is led by Yusuf, who has been branded a terrorist just because he is based in Qatar,” he was quoted saying.
Yesterday, Parti Amanah Negara Datuk Mujahid Yusof Rawa has demanded Hadi to explain his involvement with IUMS following the terror accusation.
In response, PAS had in a statement accused Mujahid of supporting Saudi Arabia and its allies in a campaign to break the Muslim community apart.
Hadi was appointed as one of the group’s vice-president in 2014, but has been chided by president Yusuf last year after his visit to Iran, a key backer of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad’s regime amid violence in the strife-torn country.
– Malay Mail