ACTING PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang said he was awed by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s firm foreign policies that oppose foreign interferences in domestic affairs.
In fact, Hadi said he would defend Dr Mahathir’s stand if there were foreign threats against Malaysia.
In an exclusive interview with New Straits Times, which the Berita Harian carried, Hadi commended Dr Mahathir for his strong comments against the United States and the latter’s resolve not to accept monetary assistance from the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
“Our exit from the economic downturn was not a result of an IMF plan and this is one of the actions undertaken that I support wholeheartedly,” he said.
Hadi was quoted as saying that if the United States demanded Dr Mahathir step down from his premiership, he would defend the Prime Minister totally.
He said Dr Mahathir’s retirement this October should be his own decision and not due to any pressure from any quarters.
Asked his opinion on Acting Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, Hadi said he hoped that Abdullah would continue with certain policies laid down by Dr Mahathir and make changes domestically to ensure Malaysia was truly democratic without any impediments.
On the Sekolah Agama Rakyat issue, Hadi defended the party’s stand and said the learning of the religion was compulsory for all Muslims and that such schools were set up to fill the void of adequate religious education within the formal school education and this was why the party stood firm in its stand on the SAR.
In another article in Berita Harian, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim said the United States’ expression of regret at the decision of the Court of Appeal to dismiss Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s appeal on a sodomy offence was tantamount to interference in the legal process of the country.
Rais said the US should instead refrain from commenting on the judicial process of other countries as each country had its own principles and judicial procedure that were peculiar to them.
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