PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang is counting days now as the moderates begun subtly pushing him out of the post with the aim of having the party to stay in the opposition pact of Pakatan Rakyat (PR).
Aligned to Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) de facto chief Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, the moderates have been highlighting the need to be together to topple the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) while at the same time to pursue Anwar’s objective.
Along with the moderates is DAP, a party in the opposition pact that has no meeting point with PAS ideologically and philosophically.
The ‘bad blood’ between the moderates and fundamentalists in the Islamist party was when Hadi rejected PKR president Datuk Seri Wan Azizah Ismail to be the Menteri Besar of Selangor which saw the DAP ‘furious’ against Hadi’s decision.
Hadi went against the moderates’ tide as they gave their word to Anwar that the party was with him on Selangor Menteri Besar candidate but it turned out to be otherwise.
The moderates are now moving subtly to oust Hadi as president by insinuating that the party president is not well and that the current political scenario is too complicated for a fundamentalist to cope with.
In fact, the party deputy president Mohamed Sabu or popularly known as Mat Sabu is being bandied around as the man who is fit to take over the party presidency as he is accepted by leaders and members of parties in the pact – DAP and PKR.
Last year party election saw the moderates who included Mat Sabu, Datuk Husam Musa, Dr Dzulkifly Ahmad and several others winning key positions, reducing Hadi’s and the fundamentalists influence and hold in the party central committee.
Since then, the party has been split right down as the moderates continue to ‘pump its ideology’ where fundamentalism is vital but this should go along with the practicality of politics so long as the methods do not go against Islamic principles and tenets.
The most recent example is on Sisters In Islam (SIS) issue where the moderates did not consider the organisation as deviant while the fundamentalists followed the Selangor Religious Council (Mais) fatwa or edict that it is a deviant organisation.
The differences in opinions between the two factions in PAS threatens to split the party since before last year’s general election but the fundamentalists leadership headed by Hadi had always played down the matter.
For the fundamentalists, having the moderates is their rank and file is good for the party as the group attracts young and intellectual Muslims but the problem the moderates move too fast to take the leadership.
Whether it is mooted from outside the party or not, the fundamentalists know one thing – liberalism and moderation go hand-in-hand and this has threaten the fundamentalists leadership – particularly Hadi’s position as party president.
And the pressure from outside is DAP which has wanted Hadi to be replaced by some one that will agree to them – Mat Sabu.MYNEWSHUB