AMANAH yesterday issued a stinging response to PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang’s controversial Arabic letter to Muslim leaders across the world on March 22.
In a 14-page response by the party’s political bureau (fully translated into English below), it outlined in detail every bit of misinformation spread by Hadi, in what was described by AMANAH communications chief Khalid Samad as a bid to reconcile support from Muslim leaders after they questioned PAS’ involvement in the political coup by Perikatan Nasional.
In the letter, AMANAH also corrected the PAS president’s factual errors about the history of PAS, while also replying to Hadi’s accounts of PH and Tun Dr Mahathir’s meetings and actions, significantly condemning Hadi’s accusations of anti-Islamic and anti-Bumiputera notions within PH.
The response was delivered with a cover letter by AMANAH counsel general Ahmad Awang, who equally stated his disappointment in Abdul Hadi spreading the gutter politics beyond the realm of domestic politics in his bid to consolidate support and legitimacy.
“It is in fact not surprising coming from this person, who in his opposition to the formation of AMANAH previously, had falsely claimed that Sheikh Yusuf Al Qaradawi (International Union of Muslim Scholars chairman) had banned Islamic parties other than PAS to be formed in Malaysia,” said Ahmad.
Abdul Hadi’s letter to Muslim leaders across the world also accused PKR president Anwar Ibrahim of various misdeeds, including being an agent of American and European powers, Singapore, the Zionists of Israel and Freemasons, which Anwar has responded to, while in the process of initiating legal action.
A DAP leader who declined to be named said the people should judge from Hadi’s letter, what sort of person he is. “I don’t even have to defend DAP over this. Hadi has shown the people what sort of person he is,” said the leader.
FOLLOWING IS THE COMPLETE ENGLISH TRANSLATION OF AMANAH’S DETAILED RESPONSE TO HADI’S ACCUSATIONS:
Abdul Hadi wrote that the British had set conditions for granting independence that the non-Bumiputeras should be accepted as citizens and later forced upon the Muslims external solutions in the form of secular ideologies that resulted in the failure to develop a government that was strong and able to uphold the sovereignity of the Muslims in their own country.
a. Umno was the party which was friendly towards the policies of the British colonialists. Abdul Hadi himself in writing on March 5, 2013 stated that when the parties that were unfriendly towards the British such as Hizbul Muslimin and the Parti Kebangsaan Melayu Malaya (PKMM) were banned, the British allowed Umno to move freely during the emergency of 1948.
b. After that Umno was given the power to administrate Malaysia by the British to ensure continuity of most of the British policies. After ruling for 63 years, Umno and Barisan Nasional (Perikatan prior to that) had been rejected by the people in the 14th general elections in 2018.
c. Unfortunately today, PAS has rescued Umno through their collaboration known as Muafakat Nasional, which allows Umno to return to power at a time when their leaders are mired in scandals of corruption and embezzlement.
Abdul Hadi wrote of his concerns that the result of the 2018 elections had favoured a non-Muslim majority Pakatan Harapan.
a. The victories of non-Muslim candidates was through elections and they had won in constituencies with non-Muslim majority, defeating non-Muslim candidates from the component parties of the previous Barisan Nasional ruling coalition such as MCA, MIC and Gerakan.
b. There wasn’t a single Pakatan Harapan candidate who had won a seat contested by a Muslim. In fact, there were Muslim candidates from Pakatan Harapan which had won seats contested by non-Muslim candidates from Barisan Nasional. For example the Kuantan parliament seat, which was won by PKR’s Fuziah Saleh against an MCA candidate from Barisan Nasional. The same happened in the Tanjung Piai parliament seat where Pakatan Harapan’s Dr Mohamed Farid Md Rafik defeated MCA’s Wee Jeck Seng.
c. Would Abdul Hadi be voicing the same concerns had the non-Muslim candidates who won the majority of those seats were from MCA and MIC, who today are in partnership with them? Abdul Hadi’s discrediting of non-Muslim candidates who won their seats through an election is a display of his disrespect for democracy.
Abdul Hadi wrote that the majority of the non-Muslims in Pakatan Harapan had manipulated Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to bring down Najib Razak because Tun Dr Mahathir’s old age and his weak party had provided them the opportunity to use this as a stepping stone for them to rise to power through deception.
a. Abdul Hadi’s allegations are an insult Tun Dr Mahathir when he regards a statesman who had ruled the country for 22 years before this would so easily be used and deceived. This is not something strange, as prior to the 2018 elections Abdul Hadi himself had continuously insulted Tun Dr Mahathir by calling for him to leave politics and that he was only qualified to be a doctor at the 1Malaysia Clinic (small community clinics).
b. Tun Dr Mahathir in his interview with Sinar Harian on March 9, 2020 had stated that DAP which was being ridiculed as a non-Muslim party were more in agreement with his decisions in government. Tun Dr Mahathir himself had stated that DAP secretary general Lim Guan Eng had followed all of his instructions and he added that a lot of Guan Eng’s actions showed that he was not anti-Malay.
c. Tun Dr Mahathir added that many of the new policies in the Budget 2020 were handed to him as Prime Minister and his advisors to be reviewed. Tun Dr Mahathir also mentioned that Guan Eng had given financial aid of RM400 million to Kelantan and RM200 million each to Terengganu and Kedah, which were of majority Malay population, despite Kelantan and Terengganu being ruled by PAS. This showed that majority Muslim states were always given priority by the Ministry of Finance.
d. In that interview, Tun Dr Mahathir also stated he found it weird that PAS did not keep their promise apparently to support him to remain as Prime Minister. When PAS had met with the Yang di-Pertuan Agong PAS had named Muhyiddin Yassin as their choice for Prime Minister. Moreover, Tun Dr Mahathir stated that until today he was not happy with PAS for using religion to gain political mileage and that PAS still had not withdrawn its opinion that those who were not with PAS were not Muslims.
Abdul Hadi wrote that PAS had made the decision to form a third block in the last general elections by rejecting Pakatan Harapan and Barisan Nasional.
a. It is common knowledge that although PAS did not join Barisan Nasional directly, they had been collaborating behind the scenes Umno and Barisan Nasional. This is based on an admission by PAS leader Nik Mohamad Abduh Nik Abdul Aziz in a briefing of about 40 young leaders of PAS before the last general elections, as was exposed in an audio recording.
b. Abduh had admitted that PAS had received monetary contributions from UMNO. Looking at the last general elections, PAS had placed candidates in 150 parliamentary constituencies with the intention of helping UMNO win by breaking up the votes of the opposition bloc, which was Pakatan Harapan at that time.
Abdul Hadi had accused the Democratic Action Party (DAP) of having a majority Christian membership and the remnants of the banned Communist Party of Malaya.
a. These are false accusations. As exposed by editor Wan Hamidi Hamid of DAP’s official media arm Roketkini, only 10% of DAP’s membership was Christian, 50% were Buddhists and the remaining 40% of various religions including Islam.
b. DAP is a multiracial party and among their members of parliament and assemblymen who won in the last elections, there were also Muslims.
c. Accusing DAP of being the remnants of the Communist Party is slanderous. This is because the fact is that DAP is the remnants of the PAP party led by Lee Kuan Yew. formed after Singapore left Malaysia in 1965. PAP had been known from before as a party that was very much anti-Communist. The Communist Party of Malaya (PKM) has also long been banned in Malaysia. If DAP are a communist party, why had they not been banned after being formed in Malaysia 50 years ago. As such, there is no evidence provided by Abdul Hadi that supports such allegations.
Abdul Hadi claimed that Parti Amanah Negara (AMANAH) is a liberal and secular oriented Muslim party formed by Anwar Ibrahim and the DAP leadership.
a. Accusations about AMANAH being liberal-secular Islam is in bad taste, which is synonymous with Abdul Hadi since the 1980s where by he labels and frames his political rivals visciously while riding on religion.
b. However, when those political rivals are with him, such accusations are no longer heard. This is what happened to UMNO, which was previously framed as a secular party which defended a colonialist constitution, but today they are together with UMNO. The same happened when PAS was cooperating with DAP between 1999 and 2013, all the bad accusations and labels of DAP were wiped out compared to when DAP is not with PAS.
c. The history of the formation of AMANAH must be read in tandem with the history of PAS post-2008 elections up to 2015. That was when there was an internal movement among some PAS leadership to cooperate with UMNO by manipulating the idea of a unity government.
d. This collaboration went against the decision of the PAS Muktamar in 2008 in Ipoh which had resolved to remain with Pakatan Rakyat which at that time included PKR and DAP, which ruled five states – Selangor, Perak, Penang, Kedah and Kelantan. This matter was repeatedly stated by former PAS supreme leader Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat who was against the group that had tried to steer PAS towards collaboration with UMNO. (refer to Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat’s closing address at the PAS Muktamar of 2009 in Shah Alam.)
e. Such action had brought about the sacking of two senior PAS leaders – deputy president Nasharudin Mat Isa and former vice president Dr Hasan Mohamad Ali, who were linked to that collaboration. However, even after their sacking, efforts to bring PAS towards collaboration with UMNO continued with the remaining leadership. The majority of the PAS central committee members were opposed to this as there was never any discussion at the PAS central level about cooperation with UMNO.
f. Following that, there was open opposition towards the PAS leadership who defended the resolution of the muktamar to continue working with Pakatan Rakyat. They were labelled with variuous profanities, including being called hypocrites by a certain section who opposed the muktamar’s resolution. The consequense of that dirty campaign using religious sentiments, this section was defeated in the PAS elections in 2015.
g. On the standing to continue cooperation with Pakatan Rakyat and reject UMNO which had caused a lot of damage to the country, 18 of these PAS leaders took the decision to form Parti Amanah Negara (AMANAH) as an Islamic party which upheld “Islam as a blessing for all” as its guiding policy and joined the opposition coalition which was later named Pakatan Harapan to battle against the UMNO Barisan Nasional government.
h. The formation of AMANAH began with a special meeting in Muar, Johor which was attended by 18 former PAS central leaders and hundreds of PAS leaders from state and branch levels. The decision in that meeting was to form a new Islamic party to replace PAS which had exited Pakatan Rakyat and were inclided to work with UMNO. Thus subsequently several other meetings were held in Intekma, Shah Alam and Vistana Hotel in Kuala Lumpur, which was attended by all those former PAS leaders. Hadi’s allegations that Anwar and DAP had formed AMANAH is a false accusation and has never been proven till today.
i. Abdul Hadi’s accusations linking AMANAH to liberal ideologies are also proven as slanderous, as the AMANAH constitution itself as the highest regulatory guide of the party, states that the policy and direction taken by AMANAH is “to dignify and uphold Islam as the basis of the struggle.”
DS Abdul Hadi claimed there as an internal move to nominate Anwar Ibrahim as Prime Minister and dismiss Tun Dr Mahathir by PKR, DAP and AMANAH. He also claimed the agreement to appoint Anwar Ibrahim as Prime Minister was only a temporary agreement made orally without and without Tun Mahathir’s consent or agreement.
a. Naming Anwar Ibrahim as the eighth Prime Minister after Tun Dr Mahathir Muhamad was a Pakatan Harapan agreement signed by five figures – Tun
Dr Mahathir Mohamad (Pakatan Harapan chairman), Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail (PKR President), Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin (PPBM President), Mohamad Sabu
(President of AMANAH) and Tan Kok Wai (Chairman of the DAP) and declared Pakatan Harapan Secretary General Dato Saifuddin Abdullah in the Pakatan Harapan Convention at IDCC Shah Alam on January 6, 2018.
b. This written agreement is not a secret document because it was announced to the public and was among the campaign materials for Pakatan Harapan ahead of the 14th general elections.
c. Tun Dr Mahathir himself also mentioned many times that he would be handing over power to Anwar. Discussions over the date of the handing over of power were also held in Pakatan Harapan meetings chaired by Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad himself and eventually all were in agreement with the decision to leave it to Tun Dr Mahathir to determine the date of the handing over of power.
d. It seems very strange that Hadi could make such accusations as this being an internal attempt and was not agreed upon while the majority of Malaysians were already aware of it through the mainstream media on January 7, 2018.
Abdul Hadi claimed that the attempt to promote Anwar Ibrahim as the candidate for Prime Minister was supported by the United States, Europe, Singapore, the Zionists of Israel and Freemasons, as well as interference from Western ambassadors.
a. This is a terrible accusation which has never been proven by him. More so when it comes from someone who has just been appointed by the government as the Prime Minister’s special envoy to the Middle East with status of minister, who makes such serious and baseless accusations as if nations which have diplomatic relations with Malaysia sich as the United States, Singapore and the EU, are interfering in the internal affairs of Malaysia. As such, we urge Abdul Hadi to provide evidence that those countries are behind efforts to back Anwar Ibrahim as Prime Minister.
b. In contrast, there exists evidence of a PAS leader Nik Abduh Nik Abdul Aziz, admitting that he was cooperating with the American intelligence agency CIA prior to the last elections. He has not issued any denial of this matter until today.
Abdul Hadi accused Pakatan Harapan of rejecting Tun Dr Mahathir’s stands to decline reconcilliation with the West and his strong opinions of the issues of Palestine, Kashmir, Myanmar and the Uyghurs.
a. There was not a single Pakatan Harapan Cabinet minister who opposed Tun Dr Mahathir’s firm stand, especially when he had strongly voiced his opinions at the United Nations general assembly in defence of the people of Palestine, Kashmir, Rohingya and the discriminated nations. In fact, the whole Cabinet were proud of Tun Dr Mahathir’s actions. It was not only Tun Dr Mahathir, but a few other Cabinet ministers also echoed similar stance on these issues in their own capacity.
b. Among them were Defence Minister Mohamad Sabu, who raised the issue of the Rohingya and Palestine in his speech at the Asean Defence Ministers Meeting Plus (ADMM Plus) and several other conferences at international level.
c. In fact, in almost two years of Pakatan Harapan rule, Malaysia had appeared as a vocal Islamic nation on international platforms, voicing the issues of discrimination over Muslims across the world. Several key Palestinian leaders such as Khalid Masy’al and Ismail Hamniyeh visited Malaysia to meet with the Prime Minister, Cabinet ministers and other leaders from the different parties including Anwar Ibrahim, PKR, AMANAH and the DAP, which supported the Palestinian struggle.
d. Moreover, in the Kuala Lumpur Summit, which was held on December 18, 2019 and the International Members of Parliament Conference for Palestine which was held in Kuala Lumpur, this matter received the full backing of the Cabinet and members of parliament from PKR, DAP and AMANAH. who were directly involved. Abdul Hadi’s accusations are extremely slanderous and in bad taste, without any form of evidence to back his claims.
Abdul Hadi wrote that PAS had exited Pakatan Rakyat, the opposition coalition which it had been part of from 1999 to 2012.
PAS had joined the opposition alliance involving three parties which were PAS, PKR and DAP from 1999 under the name Barisan Alternatif (BA) until the 2004 general elections. This continued after the formation of Pakatan Rakyat (PR) after the three parties won 5 states in the 2008 elections. PAS again joined PR for the 2013 general elections. PAS had left the opposition coalition in 2015, not 2012.
Abdul Hadi calimed PAS had been part of the Barisan Nasional block between 1973 and 1979.
The actual facts are that PAS had joined the Perikatan (Alliance party) which was then rebranded as Barisan Nasional from 1973 to 1978.
Abdul Hadi claimed that the number of Muslim members of parliament be it in the ruling coalition or opposition did not achieve majority in parliament.
a. This accusation by Abdul Hadi is confusing. This is because the number of Muslim members of parliament is 140 as opposed to 82 who are non-Muslim. It forms 63 percent which is a majority. Apart from that, 13 Muslim members of parliamenthad left Umno to join PPBM, which made the number of Muslim members of parliament (73) in Pakatan Harapan outnumber the non-Muslims (64), before the fall of the government led by Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
b. Even so, several major decisions made by the government required parliament approval, thus voting is left to all members of parliament both from the government and opposition, with 63 percent of them being Muslim.
c. Thus, Abdul Hadi’s accusations that Muslims are the minority in parliament are totally false.
Abdul Hadi claimed that the police and armed forces were concerned about the entry of non-Muslims and liberal Muslims through the new government would weaken the position of Islam and the Bumiputeras.
a. Firstly, it is irresponsible to claim that the police and armed forces whose political stand is neutral, are part of and support his political accusations.
b. Secondly, any such concerns were only concocted by PAS and UMNO who had made baseless accusations towards others, mainly those in the government who were Muslims as being less Islamic or deviant, with labels such as liberal and other profane titles. Such concerns were only invented by PAS and UMNO to defame the government.
Abdul Hadi alleged that the effort to weaken Islam, the Muslims and the Bumiputeras was orchestrated by members of parliament from the government through an attempt to amend the constitution, to revise the educational and teaching systems, as well as the media. Thus PAS had made the decision to work with Tun Dr Mahathir to block the attempt to amend the constitution.
a. There had been no amendments or attempt to amend any part of the constitution in relation to Islam and the Bumiputeras throughout the 22 months of Pakatan Harapan rule. The only amendment that had been tabled was on the status of Sabah and Sarawak (MA63) as equal partners with the Peninsula, and not as states. However, this amendment had failed because it was rejected by the opposition, including PAS.
b. Contrary to Hadi’s accusations, what had happened throughout PH’s rule of 22 months was the strong effort to strengthen the administration of Islamic laws and the Syariah Court through various initiatives, among others the legislative measures of the Akta Profesyen Guaman Syarie 2019 and the Hadanah & Nafkhah Special Court in aid of Muslim women.
c. Secondly, a constitutional amendment requires a two-thirds support from the members of parliament, which obviously requires the suypport of the opposition as well. Thus it is impossible that any amendments to the constitution would happen without the support of the opposition.
d. Thirdly, constitutional amendments involving Islam as the Federal religion and the Bumiputeras, requires approval of the Council of Rulers. Thus it is simply a lie to claim that government members of parliament were moving to amend the constitution concerning Islam and Bumiputeras because it cannot happen without the two-thirds support in parliament and the support of the Council of Rulers. This is slander created by PAS.
Abdul Hadi claimed that PAS had managed to organise the Himpunan Penyatuan Ummah attended by 2 million people.
Himpunan Penyatuan Ummah was not a congregation of 2 million Malaysian Muslims, but it was a political congragation to unite Umno and PAS under the Muafakat Nasional banner. Most media had reported ‘thousands’ of people attended the gathering. The highest estimate was by Najib Razak, through his twitter posting in which he stated 25,000 people attended the gathering. As such, claims that 2 million people were at that location is far from the truth.
Abdul Hadi claimed that several quarters including the Bersatu party had organised the Malay Dignity Congress and Tun Dr Mahathir himself attended to officiate it.
a. Abdul Hadi’s claims tally with his earlier accusations which paint a picture that the Malays needed to unite in view of threats from others.
b. However, this is proven wrong by Tun Dr Mahathir’s speech in officiating that congress, where he slammed the Malays’ habitual blaming of others for their own regressions and he stressed on the need for the Malays to change for the better and leave behind bad habits which hinder their own development.
Abdul Hadi claimed that PAS’ involvement in the recent change of government was through a democratic process.
a. PAS did not respect democracy by conspiring with those who had toppled the government elected by the people through an election. The Barisan Nasional coalition had been rejected by the people in the last general elections.
b. As such, PAS being in cohorts with UMNO had orchestrated various deceptive moves with a group of Pakatan Harapan members of parliament who betrayed the coalition that had given them victory in the elections, is something that is veryu disrespectful of the voice of the people and the priciples of democracy.
Abdul Hadi claimed that Anwar Ibrahim, AMANAH and DAP had met with Tun Dr Mahathir in the morning, crying while handing over the proosal for a unity government.
a. The meeting between the Pakatan Harapan leadership, including Anwar Ibrahim, with Tun Dr Mahathir to discuss the formation of government happened on the night of February 28, 2020. There was not a single person who cried in that meeting. This is simply bad behaviour in concoting such stories by someone with the title of Ulama.
b. Secondly, the proposal to form a unity government was Tun Dr Mahathir’s idea, not from Anwar Ibrahim, AMANAH or DAP. A day after being appointed as Interim Prime Minister, Tun Dr Mahathir had called the leaders of all parties to Putrajaya to propose the formation of a unity government. This occured after he claimed that he was promised support by PAS and UMNO to remain as Prime Minister.
c. It was clearly a lie, as PAS and UMNO had named Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin as Prime Minister. Prior to that, during an audience with the Yang di-Pertuan Agung, both parties announced they were pushing for the dissolution of parliament and not naming Tun Dr Mahathir. It is clear that PAS had lied to Tun Dr Mahathir.
Abdul Hadi claimed that there was movement driven by corruption, horse trading, snatching and threat after threat on all members of parliament to gain support.
a. The Perikatan Nasional government was formed by members of parliament from PAS, UMNO, MCA, MIC and a number of Pakatan HArapan MPs from Bersatu and PKR, which had crossed over.
b. As such, accusations of bribery, corruption, horse trading and threats are more accurate if directed to the party that had managed to form the government due to the numbers of MPs who had crossed over.
Abdul Hadi claimed that Tun Dr Mahathir was deceived by the lies when a number of MPs had stepped up secretly to name Muhyiddin Yassin as their candidate for Prime Minister and when they had managed to secure a majority, the Yang di-Pertuan Agung had appointed Muhyiddin as Prime Minister.
a. The ones who deceived Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad are PAS and UMNO, who had promised him support to remain as Prime Minister, but secretly named Muhyiddin Yassin as Prime Minister when they met the Yang di-Pertuan Agung.
b. The PAS secretary general claimed that Perikatan Nasional had secured the majority support of 114 MPs. This is while not all PPBM MPs had supported the candidacy of Muhyiddin Yassin. However, the list of MPs who had supported Tun Dr Mahathir was obstructed from being presented after their names were included in the list that was presented by Muhyiddin.
c. This was the real deception, to create an illusion of a majority that did not exist.
Abdul Hadi claimed that the success in forming the current government was a peaceful “Islah” (reform) movement which had the support of the people, the civil service, the armed forces, police and the Council of Rulers.
a. The voice of the majority in the last general elections had elected the Pakatan Harapan parties and Warisan to form the government. Barisan Nasional and PAS were parties that did not receive the majority support from the people to form the federal government in the last general elections.
b. However, their success in forming the government of today is due to the support of a number of PPBM and PKR MPs who had crossed over. It is clearly not through the support of the people.
c. Again we repeat that to involve the armed forces, police and the Palace in support of their political manoeuvring is irresponsible and tarnishes the images of those institutions.