I am not a radical, says Hadi

  • Nation
  • Saturday, 13 Sep 2003

GOMBAK: Acting PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang has declared that he is not a radical as portrayed by Barisan Nasional leaders. 

“Even when I became the deputy president of PAS, they termed me a hardliner, this is just their political ploy,” said Hadi. 

He said this when asked whether he would take on a radical stand on being declared the new party president at the end of the 49th PAS Muktamar at the PAS headquarters in Taman Melawar. 

Hadi asked whether giving aid and land to the people, irrespective of race and religion, was considered radical. 

“Instead of accusing me of being radical, people should look at how PAS is running Kelantan and Terengganu,” said Hadi, adding that both were model Islamic states. 

When asked whether his statement expressing the party’s support for the Palestine-based Hamas group and Jihad Islam was a radical stand, he said the party supported a just cause, especially in the case of Palestine, where innocent people like women and children were being killed and raped and had their houses burnt. 

He said PAS was not a radical or extremist party and would remain consistent that it was a party for every Malaysian. 

He said Islam also supported suicide bombers in Palestine, as they had no other means of defending their homes and families. 

He, however, said the suicide bombings in Bali could not be considered as mati shayid.  

On other issues, Hadi told a crowded press conference that PAS was confident of retaining its hold on Kelantan and Terengganu, as well as winning additional state and parliamentary seats throughout the country in the next general election. 

He said PAS would also co-operate with other Opposition parties, including the DAP to win in the coming election. 

“The option to co-operate with us is open to all parties, including Umno and other Barisan Nasional component parties,” he said. 

Hadi claimed that the Barisan had become jittery of PAS’ plans to capture Negri Sembilan, Malacca and Johor as displayed at recent events. 

“They are using the police to block our projects,” said Hadi citing an incident in Seremban where he claimed police were used to prevent people from attending a PAS project known as Gagasan Selatan.  

On the issue of setting up an Islamic state, he said, PAS would implement the Hudud laws in stages but would not force the non-Muslims to adopt them. 

He added that PAS would also adopt two sets of manifestos – Federal and state manifestos – like the Federal Constitution and State Constitution for the general election.  

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