The Malaysian police have decided to delay the scheduled interview with PAS President Abdul Hadi Awang concerning his recent speech, in which he raised questions about the authority of the Pardons Board. Inspector-General of Police Razarudin Husain has officially confirmed this development, citing Hadi’s reported illness as the reason behind the postponement. Husain explained, “The police officer was informed by Hadi’s aide that Hadi was still unwell and asked for the questioning to be deferred.” Originally, the interview was set to take place at Hadi’s office later in the evening.
This investigation stems from Hadi’s remarks made during a ceramah (public talk) in Johor while campaigning for the Simpang Jeram by-election. In his speech, Hadi allegedly asserted that the process of pardoning criminals was not in accordance with Islamic teachings. The sedition probe is being conducted by Bukit Aman’s Classified Crime Investigation Unit.
Furthermore, Hadi is also under investigation for his earlier claim in March that Perikatan Nasional was involved in an attempt to topple the government. Despite these investigations, Hadi has previously expressed his willingness to fully cooperate with the authorities.