Pas president Hadi Awang’s penchant for misrepresenting facts is becoming legendary. He is prone to lie and twist and demonise to promote the politics of falsehood. He is becoming adept at it. It’s not for nothing that it is said that “practice makes perfect”.
More than two years ago, on 6 April 2020, it was necessary to ask, “Can a holy man lie? Apparently, Hadi can!”
Almost two years later, on 11 March 2022, we were compelled to ask, “Hadi, are you a man of God – or a blatant liar?” (This article can be viewed at the bottom.)
And more than five months later, we are forced to conclude, “Hadi is at it again: lying and twisting and demonising!”
Hadi’s latest antic to bamboozle the public brings into question his integrity and his sincerity. In a mind-boggling claim, he startlingly asserted that the non-Muslims and non-bumiputras were the root cause of corruption. He is blatantly and blindly blaming the non-Muslims and non-bumiputras for the wide spread of corruption that affects our politics. He is under the delusion that Muslim Malay corrupt politicians are not the reason for corruption thriving so lively in Malaysia.
In a Facebook post on 20 August 2022, Hadi accused and asserted, “They then damage our politics as they are the roots for corruption and the majority of them are non-Muslims and non-bumiputras,” he said.
“… and only the Muslim faithful can be with integrity. Those who practise money politics will never pick a good leader, one with integrity.”
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Surprisingly, Hadi fails to see the elephant in the room! Or he doesn’t want to see it!
Who practises money politics so openly, so unabashedly and who picks leaders who ensure that there will be no end to this evil practice? It’s the Muslim Malay corrupt politicians – not the non-Muslims and non-bumiputras.
Have the non-Muslims and non-bumiputras been in a position to put their hands into the till to help themselves with what doesn’t belong to them? That privilege belongs to those sycophants who are in a position of power and strength to loot the coffers of the state! They are Muslim-Malay corrupt politicians!
Look at all the outrageous scandals that ripped off our wealth and destroyed our image on the world stage and ask yourselves, “Were the non-Muslims and non-bumiputras responsible for this outcome?” No, they were not. This was the doing of the Muslim Malay corrupt politicians!
Who robbed Tabung Haji without a second thought? Who took advantage of the Felda Global Ventures scheme and invested in over-priced projects overseas and lost heavily in this irresponsible undertaking that cost us not only the loss of capital but apparently our assets as well? Who was responsible for this? They were the Muslim Malay corrupt politicians – and no one else!
Look at the culprits who are charged for massive corruption in our courts and the number of wicked crooks and scoundrels who stole without any conscience and ask yourself, “Why the non-Muslims and non-bumiputras were absent in this long list of culprits?” Simply because they were not involved – it’s the privilege of the Muslim-Malay corrupt politicians to steal the nation’s wealth!
Hadi had not conducted any survey to support his false claim that non-Muslims and non-bumiputras are the cause of the wide spread of corruption. He had not provided any figures to justify his statement. It is the typical unthinking allegation of a person out to score political points with little or no respect for truth. This is what characterises Hadi.
He has been driving a wedge between the Muslims and non-Muslims and creating disunity without any concern for the welfare of the nation. It is incredible that he could do this so easily!
On 25 January 2020, he raised an impossible point by asking the Malays in the country if they “would rather be cow herders or pig herders”.
Hadi’s point was that in the event non-Muslims – more specifically, the Chinese – were to rule Malaysia, the Malays would end up looking after pigs! This is a very serious, seditious and inciting statement that should have been investigated for intent to cause unrest in the country, but he was not investigated, if I’m not mistaken.
The Muslim Malays have outstripped the non-Malays with their massive numbers, making it impossible for the non-Malays to ever rule Malaysia. But that didn’t stop him from cautioning the Muslim Malays that they “must seek to understand the nature of politics, especially when choosing between Muslim and non-Muslim rule”.
Using the analogy of herding, Hadi asked if Malays in the country “would rather be cow herders or pig herders”.
That analogy is unnecessary and unwarranted. In the wildest dream, it can never happen – and yet, he wastes his time alluding to it. It was meant to be provocative, to create hatred against the non-Muslims.
His is a political strategy to keep the Muslim Malays and non-Muslims apart and prevent them from coming together to work in common pursuit of the good of the country.
Hadi is an enigma for thinking Malaysians; a clear threat to our harmony; a constant reminder that, as long as Pas is around, no live-and-let-live policy will ever prevail in our political landscape.
He has been consistently not truthful. Sometimes we wonder if he is capable of being honest in his political views. Is he no more than a fraudster, many ask.
Do we judge him as a politician or a man of religion? As a politician, like most politicians, he is given to much exaggeration; he gets carried away when expounding a theory and lacks honesty when putting across a political point.
On 8 January 2019, in a piece calling for Islamic supremacy, Hadi proclaimed that “only hell awaits if non-Muslims lead”.
He was quoted by the Malay Mail thus:
Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang has delivered a warning to Muslims to place their trust in Muslim leaders regardless of their wickedness, claiming that believers will end up in hell if led by non-Muslims.
Would Islam really and honestly support “Muslim leaders regardless of their wickedness”?
Hadi doesn’t reflect the true teachings of Islam. He doesn’t represent Islam as a devout Muslim who cares for justice above everything else. He is a charlatan – nothing more!
True Islam would condemn any form of wickedness, irrespective of who is involved. It would reject anyone who sides a wicked Muslim against a pious non-Muslim. He is anathema from the point of Islam.
Judging him as a politician, it is easy to understand his outlandish and foolish views and statements. Like most unethical politicians, he can make sweeping statements without justification. But he is not merely a politician. He is more than that.
Hadi is closely aligned with Islam. He projects himself as a religious person representing Islam in the purest sense of the meaning. But he doesn’t live up to the expectations of the people. He is such a disappointment with his meaningless Islamic views that puts Islam in a bad light. He and his party, Pas, are not the ones who should claim to be representing Islam. They have forfeited that right.
Hadi, with his outrageous un-Islamic views, cannot uphold the system of government that we are used to and that is guaranteed by the Constitution. He and his party must be totally rejected by voters for the survival of Malaysia and in the interest of our unity and harmony. He is a real threat to our peace and our peaceful coexistence.
Let us take heed of Nelson Mandela’s pearl of wisdom: “I detest racialism, because I regard it as a barbaric thing, whether it comes from a black man or a white man.”
I might add, it is a barbaric thing, whether it comes from a Muslim Malay or non-Muslim.
20 August 2022
Hadi, are you a man of God – or a blatant liar?
It was grossly unfair for Hadi to have made certain allegations without any evidence
By P Ramakrishnan 11 Mar 2022
Sometimes, we mistakenly believe that religious personages are pious, honest, fair and just. It is unfortunate that at times these people disappoint you rather badly.
Sadly, Hadi Awang is one such person. Sometimes, certain people tell white lies and we tend to be tolerant and forgiving. But when the lies are blatant, it is difficult to swallow them.
On 18 February 2022, at Kota Tinggi in Johor, Hadi made certain claims that were obviously and grossly untrue. He blatantly lied to hoodwink the voters of Johor, hoping to score points to win votes.
Shockingly, he claimed, “DAP created Amanah. I know that they recruited Pas people to establish Amanah.
“Now it’s the same with Muda. It is to bait Malay youths. Don’t take the bait.”
Hadi reportedly continued to paint the DAP as “anti-Malay, anti-Islam and anti-monarchy”.
The DAP did not create Amanah or Muda. That is an indisputable fact. These parties came into being because of certain circumstances and disillusionment of some politicians with their former party.
Pas fractured because of the clash between the moderates and the conservatives within the party. The ultra-conservatives, in a way, drove out the moderates with their extremism.
Muda was created by Muar MP Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman after he was sacked from Bersatu. He mooted the idea of Muda and tried to register it as a political party to cater to the youth in Malaysia. The home minister and the Registrar of Societies refused to register Muda. Frustrated, Muda went to court to compel the home minister to register Muda. It was on the order of the court that Muda was registered.
As for Amanah and Muda, the DAP had no role or hand in the creation of these parties. The breakaway group from Pas registered Amanah, and the sacked Syed Saddiq went on to form Muda and fought to get it registered.
Apart from these lies, Hadi blatantly claimed the DAP was anti-Malay, anti-Islam and anti-monarchy. These are serious and dangerous allegations against the DAP, and Hadi has been let off easily despite these outrageous lies.
It is strange the DAP did not sue Hadi and nail the lie. They were morally bound to set the record straight and establish the truth. In this instance, the DAP failed miserably in not defending itself.
But it was grossly wrong, unfair and unjust for Hadi to have made all these allegations without any evidence. These are unwarranted lies that cast Hadi as a person who cannot be trusted to tell the truth.
When he is so closely associated with Islam – in fact, he and his Pas colleagues claim to defend Islam – he is expected to reflect the good values in Islam that emphasise truth, justice, fairness and tolerance.
When those representing Islam fail to reflect these much-heralded values, they bring shame to Islam by their unethical conduct and totally discredit themselves.
Johoreans must seriously consider their responsibility when casting their votes on 12 March. Isn’t it their obligation to cast out those who lie and defame others? They must ensure that there is no place in Johor for those who lie and slander.
I hope they remember the saying: “There are three things in the world that deserve no mercy – hypocrisy, fraud, and tyranny.” – Frederick William Robertson