Anwar: Hadi paid a lot as special envoy, but couldn’t even be bothered to attend Parliament

Malay Mail
Malay Mail

IPOH, Nov 9 — Pakatan Harapan (PH) chairman Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has taken a swipe at PAS president Tan Sri Abdul Hadi Awang on his previous appointment as special envoy to the Middle East in the government, which he described as a cushy job.

Anwar, who is also the PKR president, said that the Islamist party leader has no principles despite preaching about Islam and claiming to fight for Malay rights.

“They talk about ‘Hidup Melayu’ (long live Malays) and Islam, but don’t have any guilty feelings,” he said during his dialogue with the Malaysian Armed Forces (ATM) veterans at Meru here.

“You were a special envoy with a salary of RM60,000 per month, but you didn’t even attend the Parliament meeting and yet you don’t feel guilty,” he added, referring to Abdul Hadi.

Anwar also said that when he brought up the issue he was labelled as anti-ulama or the Muslim clergy class instead.

“I’m not anti-ulama, I’m anti-politicians who disguise themselves with religion.

“I didn’t criticise the entire party, but the one that condemned the entire party previously was Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin,” he said, referring to the Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia president.

Anwar slammed the Perikatan Nasional (PN) chairman for working with PAS despite accusing the Islamic party of unorthodox Islamic teachings.

“Muhyiddin is the one who labelled PAS as ‘parti ajaran sesat’, but he is the one who working with them now,” he said, swapping the party’s initials with a Malay term for a party of religious deviants.

Earlier, Anwar was welcomed with a standing ovation and cheers from about 150 military veterans who spoke with him over their demands, which they claimed were ignored by the previous Barisan Nasional (BN) government.