KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 20 – PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang said he could not just stand by and follow the conduct of its partners in Pakatan Rakyat during the Selangor Menteri Besar crisis. He said instead, the party had its own principles and beliefs that determined how it dealt with the Selangor Sultan that differed from PKR and DAP. Although he did not explicitly refer to it, Hadi is believed to be talking about how he sent more than one name to the Selangor Sultan intead of one name as done by PKR and DAP. His decision strained relations between PAS and its partners as well as between him and his central committee.
In his winding-up speech, Hadi also hit out at two of the party’s assemblymen who had supported PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail for the post of menteri besar. The two, Saari Sungib of Hulu Klang and Hasnul Baharuddin of Morib, had given their support to Dr Wan Azizah even before the Islamist party came out with its own official decision on who it would endorse as menteri besar. “According to Islamic principles, when there is a ruler who is head of the religion and the Malays, PAS cannot sit back. We have to get involved. I am not ready to drag my party to hell. “But I cannot accept how my two assemblymen have acted. How they became stooges for others, how they were bought over, how they became brokers.
“I cannot accept that there are those who would buy over our wakil rakyat.” The party has been split over how Hadi has handled the Selangor MB crisis. While DAP and PKR have backed Dr Wan Azizah, Hadi is believed to have sent his own list of Selangor assemblymen as candidates for the post. Hadi did this even while his own party decided to back Dr Wan Azizah and PKR deputy president Azmin Ali. While Hadi also emphasised that PAS would continue its pact with PR, he said the party would follow its own Islamist principles in making decisions. “Our cooperation does not mean that PAS is a hotel for someone to come and use or a bridge for someone to get somewhere. We cooperate with DAP and PKR but we have different ideologies. “We may agree on certain things such as upholding democracy, justice and equality. But we differ on things such as the Kalimah Allah issue and on Palestine.”