Tan Sri Abdul Hadi Awang, the president of the Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS), has asserted that the migration of certain former party leaders and members to Amanah is rooted in their apprehension of electoral defeat. Hadi characterized these individuals as lacking in resolve, accusing them of forsaking the core principles of PAS’ struggle. He made these remarks during a recent ceramah in Simpang Pulai, also gaining attention during the Simpang Jeram state assembly by-election campaign, where he was welcomed by enthusiastic supporters and notable political figures.
Hadi went on to express his perspective on their decision, characterizing those who opted to leave PAS as “faint-hearted.” He accused them of compromising the foundational principles that the party has ardently championed throughout its existence. The act of departing from these principles, he asserted, showcases their willingness to prioritize potential electoral victories over the longstanding ideals of PAS.
Speaking passionately during a ceramah held in Simpang Pulai, Hadi underlined the concerns he sees in these party members who are apprehensive about not securing victory in elections. He singled out a specific connection, noting that individuals who hold a fear of losing the electoral race are more inclined to join Amanah, viewing it as a platform that could potentially ensure their success.
Hadi’s remarks were delivered against the backdrop of the Simpang Jeram state assembly by-election campaign, where he seized attention on the opening day. Approximately 1,000 supporters warmly welcomed his entrance, punctuating the air with cries of “Allahuakbar.” The presence of prominent political figures including Bersatu Vice President Datuk Dr Radzi Jidin, Kuala Terengganu Member of Parliament Datuk Ahmad Amzad Hashim, Johor PAS Commissioner Abdullah Husin, and Simpang Jeram Perikatan Nasional (PN) candidate Dr Mohd Mazri Yahya further emphasized the significance of the event.
As this political landscape continues to evolve, the decision of former PAS members to migrate to Amanah due to election-related fears stands as a testament to the intricate dynamics of Malaysian politics.