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Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang is under siege – the PAS president is under attack for not complying to the wishes of Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) de facto chief Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to have his wife as Selangor Menteri Besar.

The onslaught is not just from outside PAS mainly from PKR leaders and members but also from within the party, a party which members and leaders have all along been discipline and loyal to the Syura Council and party president.

Abdul Hadi is expected to get a full blast of criticisms from the moderates – who will be the speakers in the debate in next week muktamar  (conference) or AGM.

PAS is experiencing a change, not morphing into another form but a change in members’ acceptance to its traditional ‘follow the leader’ type of discipline.

Thanks to Anwar, the new and so-called moderates leaders and members have a new approach towards the party leadership and now they are ‘up in arms’ against Abdul Hadi.

And the president’s action that got them on the nerve and probably calling for blood now is Abdul Hadi did not support Anwar’s wife Datuk Seri Wan Azizah Ismail to become Menteri Besar of Selangor.

To make matters worse, Abdul Hadi ‘belittle’ Wan Azizah’s capability which to the moderates is ‘taboo’, a subject which nobody should touch because capabilities are relative and debatable.

But things have happened and Abdul Hadi is now the target – the normal political way – character assassination until everyone loses confident on him.

Even now statements have been filling up the online portal criticising Abdul Hadi’s act right up to his personal character.

Abdul Hadi represents the veteran fundamentalists in the party who allowed Anwar to place his men in when the then reformasi formed Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) as some of Anwar’s men prefer to fight in the islamist party rather than alongside it.

These members who then managed to wield influence and got elected into the leadership line-up have tried to steer the party’s course where they managed to get the party to join the opposition pact.

However, relationship between PAS and parties in the pact have not been smooth as DAP is dead set against the setting up of islamic state and implementation of Hudud while PKR plays fence sitter on the issues.

PAS has been supportive of all activities in the opposition pact called Pakatan Rakyat (PR), filling up the stadiums in various states during the Black 505 rallies and other activities but at the same time, the party veterans are wary of how far they should follow the pact’s ideology or rather plan.

The one aim which PAS agreed to co-operate was and still is on toppling Barisan Nasional (BN) while the moderates who are aligned to Anwar wanted the party to ‘follow blindly’ the opposition’s plans.

The rest are not in PAS’ agenda, not even having Anwar as the Prime Minister if the pact is able to take over Putrajaya.

This agitates the moderates who have been fighting to have Anwar positioned as Prime Minister and suddenly now, at present, Abdul Hadi is against Anwar’s wife becoming Selangor Menteri Besar.

With all the moderates’ unfinished business and most importantly to steer the Islamist party to play second fiddle in PR, Abdul Hadi may not find a smooth muktamar next weekend in Batu Pahat, Johor.MYNEWSHUB

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