KUALA SELANGOR: Dr Hatta Ramli (pic), the man accused of leading a plot to overthrow PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang, has finally broken his silence to defend himself.
The former PAS central committee member revealed that his accuser, Kuantan PAS Youth chief Fadhli Ibrahim, did not testify before the disciplinary committee despite chances given to him.
“The committee gave him not one, but two chances to show up to assist in the investigation, but he never did.
“He claimed that the committee consisted of biased leaders and that he had no faith in them,” said the Kuala Krai MP during his winding-up speech as the party’s election director on Saturday.
The committee, said Hatta, comprised of high-level leaders such as Datuk Mahfuz Omar, Salahuddin Ayub, secretary-general Datuk Mustafa Ali, Idris Ahmad and Dewan Ulama chief Datuk Dr Mahfodz Mohamed.
“He claimed that all these leaders were on my side. He said wanted the investigation to be conducted by an independent committee,” said Hatta.
In February, Kuantan Youth staged a protest in front of PAS’ headquarters in Kuala Lumpur, calling for Hatta’s resignation for attempting to oust the president.
They claimed they possessed evidence in form of a print-screen of the social messaging service WhatsApp group named ‘Hawaii Five-O’, receiving orders from Dr Hatta to attack Abdul Hadi.
They also distributed copies of a statutory declaration to support their allegation.
Dr Hatta said the accusation has affected him personally.
“My family suffered… as I had interest in the party because I wanted to run the election with a clean record. In the end, I only received 368 votes,” he said.
He then stressed that the members should not “get too excited” with what’s being discussed in Whatsapp groups.
“We talked about the affairs of the party and may have different opinions, just like a conversation among family members,” he said.
Dr Hatta, however, added that the accuser could still pursue the matter if he wanted to.