Hadi Worried Malay Dap Candidates Are Being Used
PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang has expressed concern over more Malay candidates contesting on the DAP ticket this general election.
He said he fears they are being used by the DAP to win Malay-Muslim votes.
"I feel worried because many Malay candidates are being used by the DAP.
"I previously mentioned that the DAP is the same as the People's Action Party in Singapore," Hadi said.
Singapore's founding prime minister Lee Kuan Yew, who led PAP, used people like its first president Yusuf Ishak and other Malays, who can "read Jawi and wear the songkok".
Yusuf became president of Singapore after the PAP won the general election in 1959.
"DAP is using the same tactic, which is the same with Anwar (Ibrahim). He is like Yusof Ishak in Singapore," Hadi added.
As such, he urged voters to reject Pakatan Harapan candidates as they all work with DAP.
"We hope they will do so (reject DAP). Malays will understand," he said.
DAP has nothing to lose in fielding Malays
Hadi said DAP has nothing to lose because its supporters will continue to vote for DAP, regardless of who the candidate is, while Malay voters will consider voting for a Malay candidate even if the candidate is with the DAP.
Three of the Malays fielded by DAP (from left) Syahredzan Johan, Young Syefura Othman and Syeikh Omar Ali Bagharib"(Non-Malay) DAP supporters will continue to vote for DAP candidates, be they Malay or Indian. This is why we see Indian candidates can win in Chinese-majority seats.
"But we (Malays) will choose by candidate, and not on party lines, and this is something we need to correct. We need to vote on party lines, on what the party stands for. This is important."
Among the Malay candidates fielded by DAP in GE15 are lawyer Syahredzan Johan in Bangi, Selangor, incumbent assemblyperson Young Syefura Othman in Bentong, Pahang, incumbent assemblyperson Syeikh Omar Ali Bagharib in Ayer Hitam, Johor, Tengku Zulpuri Shah Raja Puji in Lipis, Pahang, and Ahmad Tarmizi Mohd Jam in Gerik, Perak.
Hadi has long held animosity against DAP, despite cooperating under political pacts in Barisan Alternatif in 1999 and in electoral pacts in the 2008 and 2013 general elections and through Pakatan Rakyat from 2013 to 2015.
The Pakatan Rakyat pact broke up in 2015 when PAS and DAP could no longer see eye to eye, leading to the formation of Pakatan Harapan made up of PKR, DAP and the PAS splinter party, Amanah.
PAS contested on its own in 2018, but this time it is working in the Perikatan Nasional (PN) alliance with Bersatu and other parties.
Stands by DAP communist statement
Since leaving Pakatan Rakyat, Hadi has not held back in painting DAP as the bogeyman which Malays should be vigilant against.
Hadi and Lim Lip EngYesterday, DAP's Kepong candidate Lim Lip Eng lodged a police report against Hadi for linking Harapan to communism.
Hadi dismissed the report and said this is well-known information.
"There is no need for me to apologise (over the accusation). I know people in the party who clearly do not believe in God and made statements about bringing back the ashes of (Communist Party of Malaya leader) Chin Peng and later celebrated it in Kajang, when Harapan was in power.
"Celebrating the anniversary of the CPM's struggle against the Japanese occupiers. What does this mean?
"And this was allowed, even though CPM was banned. There is a lot of evidence (showing DAP are communists) and I believe the police can assist me. Police have lots of information," he said.
Unlike Hadi's claim, the celebration in Kajang in December 2009 was to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Hatyai Peace Accord, not a memorial for Chin Peng.
At the time Pakatan Harapan was holding federal power.
Chin Peng - picture was taken during an interview in 2009Police investigations found that some of the associations which hosted the event were not registered with the Registrar of Societies.
The Hatyai Peace Accord was signed in 1989 between CPM and the Malaysian government to end the communist insurgency in Malaysia.
CPM agreed to disband its armed units, cease militant activity, destroy its weapons and pledge loyalty to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.
As a result, a total of 330 former CPM members were allowed to return to Malaysia, but Chin Peng was not allowed to return, ostensibly because he did not have Malaysian citizenship.
Chin Peng died in exile in Thailand and his ashes were brought back six years later, in November 2019. A memorial ceremony was held on the same day in Ipoh. - Mkini
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