MARANG, Dec 29 – PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang said today he is prepared to explain the “Amanat Haji Hadi” (Haji Hadi’s Message) of 1981 if he is given the opportunity to do so live over a local television station.
He said he would explain everything associated with his message, which had branded Umno members and supporters as infidels, so that the people could make their evaluation.
He was also prepared to provide a written explanation of his stand on the message delivered more than 30 years ago, he told reporters after officiating at the appointment of workers for the 13th general election at Dewan Tok Guru in Rusila, near here.
The “Amanat Haji Hadi” had drawn objections from various quarters, including former PAS members, who called on Abdul Hadi to withdraw it for the sake of the unity of the Malays and Muslims.
Abdul Hadi dismissed claims that he had remained silent because he was afraid, but said he would only state his stand of whether to defend or withdraw the message if he was allowed to go on air.
Various quarters have urged the PAS president to withdraw the message.
In BENTONG, Pahang Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob said Abdul Hadi should give serious thought to the calls for him to provide an explanation on the message.
“Only Abdul Hadi can provide the explanation to unlock the chaos caused by the message,” he told reporters after presenting Pahang Foundation awards to pupils in the Bentong district who scored excellent results in the Ujian Pencapaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR) examination, at the Tengku Ampuan Afzan Vocational College.
In KUALA LUMPUR, the Federal Territory branch of Perkasa, the Malay right wing group, questioned PAS spiritual leader Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat’s action in defending “Amanat Haji Hadi” which it said had clearly divided the Muslims.
Its president, Sharifuddin Abdul Hamid, called on Abdul Hadi to set right the damage that had been caused by his message.
According to the portal of the National Fatwa (Edicts) Council, the message had been banned based on a decision taken on July 24, 2002, and gazetted the following day. – Bernama