THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ‘MACHIAVELLI’ MAHATHIR & USELESS ‘TIN KOSONG’ ANWAR – ONE DOESN’T CARE & SAYS IT AS IT IS WHILE THE OTHER HIDES BEHIND EMPTY & HYPOCRITICAL WORDS, FEARFUL THAT HE MIGHT SOON NEED HADI’S HELP TO BECOME PM

  • Dr M mocks ‘opportunistic’ PAS over past ‘infidel’ remarks
  • Stop the damaging ‘infidel’ narrative, says Anwar
Dr Mahathir Mohamad says Abdul Hadi Awang used to describe Umno members as ‘infidels’ because the party worked with non-Muslim parties. 

SERDANG: Former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad has taken a dig at PAS for seeking to work with Umno despite describing its members as infidels in the past.

Mahathir said PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang used to call Umno members infidels because the party worked with non-Muslim parties in Barisan Nasional (BN), but was now “allowing PAS members to become infidels” themselves by partnering with Umno in Muafakat Nasional (MN).

“Last time, PAS accused Umno members of being infidels and other things. But, without denying that Umno is an infidel party, it means they are now working with infidels.

“PAS is opportunistic. When they see an opportunity, they put aside their principles. However, they say that they struggle for Islam, that they cannot work with infidels or they themselves will become infidels.”

Yesterday, Hadi claimed that Pakatan Harapan (PH) was a coalition that gave and took bribes, adding that those in the coalition were immoral and not religious.

In response, opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim said PAS under Hadi’s leadership was a different party from the one led by its past leaders.

The PKR president said the views of the late Nik Aziz Nik Mat and Fadzil Noor would have differed from Hadi, and pointed out that the current PAS president had branded Umno members as infidels in the past.

Nik Aziz was PAS’ spiritual leader from 1995 until his death in February 2015, and Fadzil, who died in 2002, was Hadi’s immediate predecessor.

Separately, asked if the Pejuang-led Gerakan Tanah Air (GTA) would work with PH in the next general election (GE15), Mahathir simply said it would not work with the corrupt or those who formed a backdoor government.

He was alluding to Perikatan Nasional (PN), which was formed by his former party Bersatu and PAS, and which joined forces with BN to topple the PH government in February 2020.

GTA comprises Malay-based parties, NGOs, academics and professionals, Pejuang, Berjasa, Parti Bumiputera Perkasa Malaysia (Putra) and the National Indian Muslim Alliance Party (Iman).

Mahathir also said that many had urged him to become prime minister for a third time, though he has yet to make any decision on this matter.

“I have neither rejected nor accepted (their proposals),” he said.

Mahathir first became prime minister in 1981 and went on to become the longest-serving prime minister, leading the nation until 2003.

He helmed the government again after PH won GE14 in 2018, though his second tenure only lasted 22 months. He quit following Bersatu’s exit from PH.  FMT

Stop the damaging ‘infidel’ narrative, says Anwar

Anwar Ibrahim says Pakatan Harapan leaders must stay clear of those who use such a narrative.

PETALING JAYA: Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim has called for political parties to stop perpetuating the “infidel” narrative following recent remarks made by Pejuang chairman Dr Mahathir Mohamad against PAS.

“Let me be clear on this. We must stop this damaging narrative,” he told reporters after attending the annual general assembly of Angkatan Belia Islam Malaysia (ABIM) in Kajang.

He criticised such discourse, saying it was “unhealthy”.

Anwar also advised Pakatan Harapan (PH) leaders not to entertain those who use such a narrative, and instead to always voice out against it.

Yesterday, Mahathir was reported to have said that PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang used to call Umno members infidels because the party worked with non-Muslim parties in Barisan Nasional (BN), but was now “allowing PAS members to become infidels” themselves by partnering with Umno in Muafakat Nasional (MN).

“PAS is opportunistic. When they see an opportunity, they put aside their principles.

“However, they say that they struggle for Islam, that they cannot work with infidels or they themselves will become infidels,” the former prime minister said.  FMT

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