WITHOUT a doubt, PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang has formed a close relationship with Prime Minister Najib Razak over the past 10 months or so.
They speak regularly, and the animosity that usually marks a relationship between the head of the government and an opposition leader is missing, replaced apparently by a common desire to safeguard Malay political power and the primary position of Islam in Malaysia.
This development must be quite painful for PAS number two, Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man.
Every time he pens an essay or article on politics or GE14, there is no mistaking the disdain he holds for Barisan Nasional (BN) and its leaders.
In his latest article posted on harakahdaily.net, Tuan Ibrahim noted that many of the country’s leaders fall into the category of either being weak and with little self-control over their desires or where they allowed their underlings to live luxuriously.
“This is why corruption is widespread, abuse of power is normal, wastage has become a culture and cheating a habit. For these people, the people have become a source of income and are not given protection,” he wrote, adding that the Goods and Services Tax (GST) was introduced without regard for age or whether Malaysians could afford to pay the tax.
“In addition, cheating is the way out when there is a scandal. When cheating is not effective, power is abused. An example of this is the fact that the audit report on 1MDB is still under the Official Secrets Act even though the PM announced that the 1MDB problem has been settled,” he said, referring to the scandal-hit state investment company 1Malaysia Development Berhad.
Tuan Ibrahim also weighed in on the decision to sell 49.9% of Proton to China’s Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Co. He was puzzled why none of the ministers touched on the impact of the sale on the National Automotive Policy.
Among other things, the policy called for the involvement of Bumiputeras in the automotive industry.
“Will Geely develop Proton and support the National Automotive Policy? Or are they only interested in getting control of the Proton plant in Tanjung Malim and Shah Alam and producing Volvos? None of the country’s leaders are bothered about these questions.
“For them, getting a buyer for the 49.9% stake of Proton is a success. They don’t worry about what happens after that,” said the PAS deputy president, noting that the same thinking went into the listing of Felda Global Ventures (FGV).
“What they chase is money and glamour but the country and the people have to shoulder the burden,” he said.
In short, Malaysia needed to undergo to change in leadership and ensure that future leaders work for Allah and the people.
And the change must happen before it is too late, said Tuan Ibrahim.
Given what he has been saying and writing for a period of time, it is hard to imagine Tuan Ibrahim wanting to forge a close relationship with the Najib administration or work closely with Umno.
This is a confusing time to be a PAS member. They have been asked to break ties with allies who fought side by side with them in the trenches in GE12 and GE13.
It must also be a challenging period for Tuan Ibrahim. All his instincts and moral compass point him away from Najib and Umno.