The mendacity (lack of honesty, the condition of being mendacious) of Hadi Awang by Commander (Rtd) S THAYAPARAN Royal Malaysian Navy
Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Malaysiakini : “All political parties die at last of swallowing their own lies.”
- John Arbuthnot
COMMENT I consider PAS a religious sect masquerading as a political party and a component party of Barisan National.
Many PAS members who still hold allegiance to Tok Guru Nik Aziz Nik
Mat’s pragmatism, if not his religiousity, tell me that Abdul Hadi Awang
should just come out of the closet and swear fealty to Umno. This way
there would be a modicum of honour in how they conduct themselves in the
upcoming elections should Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak have the
courage to roll the dice and see where they land.
that non-Muslims would embrace syariah law because it showed Islam was
fair and just is laughable, not because of the idiocy of the statement
but because Malaysians, and this includes Muslims, have very little
faith in the current “secular” system in place.
Syariah, as I have argued before, would just be the cherry on top of
the fascist cake that the Najib regime and PAS are baking because of the
scandals plaguing the former. The funny thing is, Hadi’s conduct would
be condemned and judged harshly by the Islamic fanatics he wishes to
emulate. In a speech to various right-wing Malay groups, he said, “When they
see that syariah law is better, they (non-Muslims) will automatically
choose syariah and this is what is feared by those quarters (who oppose
the amendments to the Act).”
This is a blatant lie and Hadi knows this. Hadi knows very well that
during Tok Guru’s tenure, the opposition pact was playing hide and seek
with hudud - agree to disagree and the various rhetorical permutations
gave way to open hostilities that led to the break-up of Pakatan Rakyat
after the passing of the PAS spiritual adviser.
He knows very well that most non-Muslims have very little faith in
the legal system in this country when it comes to disputes where
Malay/Muslim “rights” are questioned or challenged. This covers
everything from conversions to marriage, and under the Najib regime
where criminal acts are turned into racial issues, the Low Yat fiasco a
case in point.
Furthermore, in Malaysia, this question of syariah law has been an
impediment to any kind of cohesive opposition alliance. An “Islamic” law
the world has proven to be bigoted, unjust, cruel and detrimental to
societies that have been dragged into this system by mendacious clerics
who ignore the privileged class it creates and subject the rest of the
population to its brutal edicts.
In addition, countries shackled by “Islamic” laws are neither
functional nor contribute in any way to the development of cordial
international relations. Most sane Malaysians - Muslims and non-Muslims -
realise this. Hadi was duplicitous when he claimed that “the syariah court only
affects Muslims and has nothing to do with non-Muslims”. Everyone knows
that anything to do with Islam in this country has an effect on every
Malaysian regardless of his or her professed religion. Everyone has felt
the harsh glare of the kind of Islam that was used as a tool by Umno to
shore up Malay support and constantly remind non-Muslims that they were
interlopers in this country.