IN A series of tweets recently, PAS supremo and president Tan Sri Abdul Hadi Awang blamed the DAP as being supportive of communism, actual supporters of the Malayan Communist Party (MCP) and attending events sympathetic to the communist ideology.
He blamed the DAP’s supporters for going to the extent of bringing back the ashes of the former leader of the MCP, Chin Peng, after he was cremated in Thailand.
The whole idea of affixing the label of communism to the DAP was to associate the party with terrorism, anarchism and disorder.
Hadi was at pains to tell the public that the DAP, by its association with communism, does not believe in God or religion.
According to him, atheistic thinking on the part of the DAP was dangerous to the country and its Federal Constitution.
While Hadi condemned the DAP, he conveniently forgot that PAS was an associate of the DAP in the political coalition of Pakatan Rakyat (PR) some years back. Both parties worked together with the other partner, PKR, in the coalition.
It was through this coalition that five states fell to the opposition in the 12th General Election (GE12) in 2008.
However, the relationship between the DAP and PAS did not last long; Hadi’s erratic behaviour, bigotry and racism were the main reasons why PAS had to part ways with the DAP and PKR.
The exit of PAS from PR paved the way for the party under the leadership of Hadi to adopt an extreme and intolerable attitude towards the non-Malays in general and the DAP in particular.
Amnesia or selective thinking
Hadi, who is either suffering from amnesia or deliberately engages in selective thinking, should not forget that he and his party were associated with the “communist” DAP some time back.
I don’t think that the DAP has suddenly become “communist” overnight to fit the convenience of Hadi.
In any case, going by Hadi’s logic, PAS, by associating with the DAP in the coalition of PR, was indeed associated with the “communist” party. Therefore by association, PAS can be termed “communist” as well.
How come Hadi failed to raise the issue of communism when he was a good buddy of the leaders in the DAP? So, when PAS had a friendship with DAP, communism was a non-issue?
After both parties fell apart, Hadi has basically gone on a rampage against the DAP by calling it communist, anti-religion and others.
While Hadi can go around condemning the DAP as communist, he owes an explanation to the public as to why the party associated with the “communist” DAP in the now-defunct coalition of PR.
Does this mean that the “communist” ideas of the DAP were acceptable to PAS when they were together in the coalition? How come suddenly the DAP has become “communist”?
I am not sure about other PAS leaders, but no one is more hypocritical than Hadi. Hadi is a big-time liar, extremist, racist and bigot.
When things suit him, he would not hesitate to condemn others, individuals and political parties.
He is a perfect example of a politician using religion for the furtherance of his political ambitions. – Oct 23, 2022
Prof Ramasamy Palanisamy is the state assemblyperson for Perai. He is also deputy chief minister II of Penang.
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