The mendacity (lack of honesty, the condition of being mendacious) of Hadi Awang by Commander (Rtd) S THAYAPARAN Royal Malaysian Navy
Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Malaysiakini : “All political parties die at last of swallowing their own lies.”
- John Arbuthnot
COMMENT I consider PAS a religious sect masquerading as a political party and a component party of Barisan National.
Many PAS members who still hold allegiance to Tok Guru Nik Aziz Nik
Mat’s pragmatism, if not his religiousity, tell me that Abdul Hadi Awang
should just come out of the closet and swear fealty to Umno. This way
there would be a modicum of honour in how they conduct themselves in the
upcoming elections should Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak have the
courage to roll the dice and see where they land.
that non-Muslims would embrace syariah law because it showed Islam was
fair and just is laughable, not because of the idiocy of the statement
but because Malaysians, and this includes Muslims, have very little
faith in the current “secular” system in place.
Syariah, as I have argued before, would just be the cherry on top of
the fascist cake that the Najib regime and PAS are baking because of the
scandals plaguing the former. The funny thing is, Hadi’s conduct would
be condemned and judged harshly by the Islamic fanatics he wishes to
emulate. In a speech to various right-wing Malay groups, he said, “When they
see that syariah law is better, they (non-Muslims) will automatically
choose syariah and this is what is feared by those quarters (who oppose
the amendments to the Act).”
This is a blatant lie and Hadi knows this. Hadi knows very well that
during Tok Guru’s tenure, the opposition pact was playing hide and seek
with hudud - agree to disagree and the various rhetorical permutations
gave way to open hostilities that led to the break-up of Pakatan Rakyat
after the passing of the PAS spiritual adviser.
He knows very well that most non-Muslims have very little faith in
the legal system in this country when it comes to disputes where
Malay/Muslim “rights” are questioned or challenged. This covers
everything from conversions to marriage, and under the Najib regime
where criminal acts are turned into racial issues, the Low Yat fiasco a
case in point.
Furthermore, in Malaysia, this question of syariah law has been an
impediment to any kind of cohesive opposition alliance. An “Islamic” law
the world has proven to be bigoted, unjust, cruel and detrimental to
societies that have been dragged into this system by mendacious clerics
who ignore the privileged class it creates and subject the rest of the
population to its brutal edicts.
In addition, countries shackled by “Islamic” laws are neither
functional nor contribute in any way to the development of cordial
international relations. Most sane Malaysians - Muslims and non-Muslims -
realise this. Hadi was duplicitous when he claimed that “the syariah court only
affects Muslims and has nothing to do with non-Muslims”. Everyone knows
that anything to do with Islam in this country has an effect on every
Malaysian regardless of his or her professed religion. Everyone has felt
the harsh glare of the kind of Islam that was used as a tool by Umno to
shore up Malay support and constantly remind non-Muslims that they were
interlopers in this country.
The civil service, the security service, the education system, nearly
every state apparatus, is a reminder of the influence of Islam on every
Malaysian citizen. The Arabisation process favoured by Umno and
slavishly followed by PAS is a triumph of form over substance and the
rail on which the gravy train runs on.
Oblivious to Umno’s vagaries
This question of hudud is always about the gravy train. As reported
in the press, Hadi has no problem saying that “Najib is only human and
not a saint, and humans make mistakes, but the act of attacking and
bombarding the prime minister with unfounded allegations is uncalled
other words, Hadi condemns the so-called “unfounded allegations” and
dismisses the alleged corruption scandals against the current Umno prime
minster as the regular failings of human being. Is this what his
syariah system would look like?
Is it any wonder that former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad ran
into a brick wall when he tried to explain to Hadi what exactly was
wrong with 1MDB and the Najib regime, and came away with this, “These
were the things that I had explained to Hadi and he admitted that there
was some truth in it when he met me. But in the end, because he is now
alone and PAS no longer has allies, that's why he is fighting on the
side of Najib.”
Mahathir said the same to me when Iinterviewed him in the beginning of the year. The biggest argument against syariah law should be that its biggest
proponent Hadi thinks that Najib “should not succumb to pressure and he
should be allowed to solve the problems he is facing”. "I agree with him
that he should not step down and I must say that he should be given a
chance to finish his term," he had said.
Hadi-aligned PAS members tell me that there are greater stratagems at
play here than merely implementing syariah or hudud law. When pressed,
they demure because even though they think fondly of me as apparently I
am part of “the opposition”. Strange, I assumed that we were all part of
However, it does not really surprise me that now PAS thinks that
Najib is weak and that concessions could be extracted from his regime.
The problem is that Hadi is in a weak position himself. PAS seems
oblivious to the vagaries of dealing with Umno and Umno is every ready -
especially now - to use PAS as just another of its outsourced political
thugs, or as one Umno insider told me. “Do you really think that hudud is going to happen here in Malaysia?”
She continued, “Hudud and Hadi are convenient fillers to break the news
cycle. Nobody takes them seriously. How could anyone take them
In one of my numerous articles on PAS, I wrote, “The only reason PAS
has enjoyed a political resurgence is because of its affiliation with
the former Pakatan Rakyat. Their resurgence is not based on any cultural
or social shift but rather the compromises made in joining mainstream
“And PAS was not the unwanted stepchild that it makes itself out to
be, but rather contributed valuable logistical and public relations
support to a newly resurgent opposition pact that greatly benefited from
its politics of inclusion, somewhat flawed it may have been.” There are many pragmatic voices within PAS who do not view an
alliance with Umno as anything but disastrous to them in the end. This
is why there are so many contradictory voices in Hadi’s PAS. This is why
PAS fears Amanah. Amanah did not fare as badly as the Umno “advisers”
predicted in the last by-elections.
The reality is if PAS folded, Amanah could replace this Islamic sect
and the opposition would have an Islamic party that was cooperating with
the secular alliance and yes, they would pose a very real threat to
And this is where Hadi thinks he can snatch victory from the jaws of
defeat. He knows that he is facing schisms within his ranks. He knows
that his sect has lost populist support from a diverse polity. What he
hopes to achieve, according to some PAS insiders who spoke to me, is
rule by proxy. To make sufficient gains into the federal system by supporting Umno thereby generating the perception that PAS has a de jure, if not de facto role, in the government.
Umno, of course, will always get the better of PAS. The problem is
getting the better of PAS will have dire consequences for the rest of us.