PETALING JAYA: Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang’s travels and attendance at various events around the world are no secret and are known to the Government, political secretary to the Opposition Leader Dr Mohd Hatta Md Ramli said.
He said Hadi’s attendance at Ujung Pandang, Sulawesi, in October 2000 was part of the acting PAS president’s speaking tours and Wisma Putra was informed about it.
“In fact, when he (Hadi) stopped over in Jakarta on his way to Sulawesi, he was met by the Malaysian ambassador to Indonesia,” Dr Hatta said in a press statement yesterday.
He added that while Hadi was in Sulawesi, he was also a guest on a television forum which was transmitted in Sulawesi by TVRI but which also reached Sabah, Sarawak and southern Philippines.
“It is unbelievable that the media is trying to suggest that he is linked to any questionable groups following this visit to Sulawesi,” Dr Hatta said.
Dr Hatta questioned the report’s timing, and charged that the motive behind it was an unethical and mischievous attempt to undermine the credibility of Hadi.
“While he (Hadi) was in Sulawesi, he was a guest of the government and Sulawesi Governor Jen Palaguna and of the Trade Minister Yusof Kalla,” Dr Hatta said, adding that the seminar inakassar was organised by Universiti Hassanuddin - the premier university in Ujung Pandang - and NGOs.
On Friday, Hadi denied his involvement or links with any radical or militant group, leader or activity, either in Malaysia or abroad.
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