PAS is in a state of disarray, a state of confusion and seems to be directionless or no direction as party president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang keeps mum on issues that need his ‘fatwa’ or his words that can state clearly the party stand.
Immediately after Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) deputy president Azmin Ali was sworn in as Selangor Menteri Besar, PAS assemblyman for Gombak Shaari Sungib apologises on behalf of the party for the Selangor Menteri Besar saga.
Shaari came under fire from the vice-chairman of the Ulamak Council Datuk Dr Mahfodz Mohamad saying that Shaari had no locus standi to apologise for the party.
Still in Selangor, PAS MP for Shah Alam Khalid Samad came under attack for defending the advertisement of an upcoming Oktoberfest organised by Carlsberg and the right of non-Muslims to hold such an event in a non-Muslim majority venue.
The party Temerloh MP Nashrudin Tantawi said it was the duty of Muslim authorities and other Muslims to rise up against the event.
Admitting that it was the right of non-Muslims to consume alcohol, Nashrudin disagreed that the event be promoted on a large and at national level scale.
In Penang, PAS deputy state chief Datuk Dr Mujahid Yusof said the party would leave it to the DAP-led Pakatan state government to deal with PAS treasurer Iszuree Ibrahim who might face expulsion from his councillor’s post for his remark criticising Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng administration.
At national level, party central committee Nik Mohamed Abduh Nik Aziz wrote in his blog that there was an international conspiracy to get rid of Abdul Hadi because the Islamist party’s objectives had agitated the enemies of Islam internationally.
The son of party spiritual leader Datuk Nik Aziz Nit mat, he claimed that the world super powers were now aiming for Malaysia after succeeded in bringing down Islamic nations in Middle-East such as Syria and Egypt.
In short, he claimed that the ‘guns’ were on Abdul Hadi where if the party president was ousted, then the fight for Islam in the country would also ceased.
The Islamist party is now under siege from within where its members – split between the moderates and fundamentalists – are going after ‘each other’s necks’ but on the intellectualism platform on issues currently termed as ‘undermining the faith’ of Muslims and Islam in the country.
Abdul Hadi has been keeping quiet and not making any statements to state the party stand on those matters as the rival factions in the party slug it out in the media, as though the party is ‘leaderless and direction-less’.
One look makes it as though the Islamist party has lost its direction and objective as it tries to blend with a Chinese-based multi-racial DAP and multi-racial and multi-religious Malay-based Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) under an electoral pact to topple the 50-year rule of Barisan Nasional (BN).
PAS had changed its Islamic state objective to a welfare state – a termed more acceptable by its partners but its other objective which was to implement the Hudud Laws is still being opposed by DAP while PKR buys time to making a clear stand.
Going by present events and situation, PAS is confused and becomes more complicated with the silent of its president Abdul Hadi.
It’s time that he comes out and make clear the party’s stand on all issues before the internal bickering become a feud between the moderates and the fundamentalists.MYNEWSHUB