PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang said Dr Mahathir Mohamad crossed the line by labelling him as an infidel and traitor to Muslims, reported Berita Harian.
Hadi said the Pakatan Harapan chairman’s move to resort to personal attacks to bring other leaders down was an act of desperation.
“It’s going too far (labelling Hadi as an infidel and traitor). But let him repent. He’s an old man anyway.
“He has to seclude himself and rethink what he has said. He has to think about it and do a lot of reading.
“Don’t read only medical books. He has to read Islamic books as well.
“Hopefully, he will feel remorse. I have forgiven him. Between him and God, he has to repent,” the Islamist party’s president was quoted as saying in Pengkalan Berangan, Marang, yesterday.
Dr Mahathir yesterday continued to blame Hadi for supporting Prime Minister Najib Razak.
The former prime minister said Hadi had called Umno a party of infidels, but was now working with the Malay party, which made Hadi, too, an infidel.
Hadi had, in the past, called on PAS members to oppose Umno, saying they would become martyrs if they died fighting the party of infidels.
Dr Mahathir said the speech by the PAS president, known as the Amanat Hadi, had inspired the Memali tragedy in 1985 when police laid siege on religious extremists, resulting in 14 dead, including the group’s leader, Ibrahim Libya, and four policemen.
When asked about Dr Mahathir’s accusation that Hadi had played a role in the Memali incident, Hadi said he had written a book on it, and asked that people refer to it.