Oh gosh, how fast one changes from Hadi’s ‘pillow mate’ to his worst enemy

IT is an open secret that PAS has been constantly ‘harassing’ newly minted Prime Minister (PM) Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim with the appointment of UMNO president Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi as Deputy Prime Minister (DPM) being leveraged upon as an ammunition to pound the Pakatan Harapan (PH) chairman with a series of analogies.

In doing so, the Islamist party’s president Tan Sri Hadi Awang is seemingly elevating himself to the stature of a ‘perfect Arabian knight of some sort’ to justify to his supporters principles that made him turned down Anwar’s invitation for PAS to join the latter’s unity government.

“The government that was established is a fragile government due to the fact that there is not enough of a majority,” he penned on Twitter yesterday (Dec 3) evening. “In addition, there is a group of ministers whom PH leaders themselves dubbed as robbers and bandits (supposedly referring to UMNO) … We be patient a while longer. This is the test from the God Almighty on us.”

The moral – or irony – of the story is that Hadi and PAS were once in a government where the penyamun and perompak supported the Cabinet of ex-PMs Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob for more than two years (March 2020 till Oct 10).

An unnamed political analyst has pointed to the “lightning speed” at which PAS “reverses its cards” against PH with Hadi now claiming that Anwar has appointed penyamun and perompak in his Cabinet now that PAS is in the opposition alongside Bersatu (the more bizarre is that PAS was once part of the 2018 PH coalition),

Following the Sheraton Move defection in March 2020 which saw the collapse of the PH government and PAS became part of the Barisan Nasional (BN)-Perikatan Nasional (PN) set-up, the analyst recalled that “it was fine” for Hadi and PAS “to be sitting, eating and drinking with the perompak”.

But when UMNO decided to join Anwar’s unity government – leaving PAS behind – it is finding it difficult to move on and started to portray the former as “being inhabited by crooks”.

However, the analyst contended that the problem does not lie with UMNO nor BN. “They (PAS) are not able to accept the fact that Anwar is the PM before any PAS member becomes one. They are a very ambitious lot,” the analyst who runs a think tank in Riau, Indonesia told FocusM.

Nonetheless, when the PN was in power, PAS supported both Zahid and the now-convicted and imprisoned ex-PM Datuk Seri Najib Razak. This adds to the absurd situation with netizens who don’t forget easily, trained their guns at Hadi and PAS for their roles in the previous two administrations with pictorial evidence: – Dec 4, 2022


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