Clare vs Hadi

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The current legal tussle in the UK is between Clare Rewcastle-Brown and PAS President Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang. If you don’t already know this, you would think its Clare and Ambiga versus Rahman Dahlan and UMNO bloggers , judging by the news on internet.

It is a strange legal suit to begin with. Its Hadi who is suing Clare although the sting of her statement about Ringgit 90 million “gift” from Najib was directed generally at top party leaders. The others did nothing to sue Clare. Another strange aspect to this case is that while Hadi is the claimant, it’s UMNO and Malaysian Embassy in London who have shown great interest in the case.

Clare’s disclosure about the wealth and ostentatious lifestyles of PAS leaders isn’t anything that Malaysians don’t already know about. Bringing the claim against Clare in London will only result in those stories circulating at a much more frantic pace and deeper into the rural parts of Malaysia.

People from all corners of Kelantan and Terengganu already know about of the “transformation” of PAS leaders. Once upon a time, these leaders had little wealth and lived simple lives under the late Tok Guru Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat. Those days differ markedly from now, when PAS leaders have expensive houses, fancy cars with fancy number plates and multiple wives.

The question everyone is asking is where did these people get the money for such quick transformations of their lives? The answers come from many sources because people from all walks of life have started talking.

Datuk Ambiga Sreenavaseen is not the only person who has been told about the wealth of PAS leaders by friendly sources. I too have friends who have shown me photographs of Nasharuddin Mat Isa’s house and cars, and how he now travels first class, unlike the days when he was in PAS under Nik Aziz. Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan is the PAS Secretary-General and he lives in Kota Bharu. I don’t remember him having a huge legal practice or any successful businesses to warrant his current lifestyle. But he is wealthy now — how else can he afford the number plate “TAKII” as disclosed by Clare in her court documents?

Another strange aspect about this case is the vigour in which Minister Rahman Dahlan is attacking Ambiga for her alleged communication with Clare. What’s UMNO interest in this case?

What is clear is this: Most people know where the money comes from. It is irresistible to conclude that Datuk Seri Najib Razak and UMNO must have been the benefactor in view of the close working relationship PAS and UMNO leaders currently enjoy. The attacks on Ambiga and Clare are diversionary tactics; because PAS is losing support rapidly, and this is not what UMNO bargained for in their plans to work together in the coming election.

If there is one good thing Najib has done for the country, it is to allow his money to taint and tarnish PAS for good. A political party based on religion should never have associated itself with Najib—PAS, however, is not only close to the Prime Minister, it has embraced his methods and approved of his ways.

It’s the death knell for any political party to sell its principles for cash.

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  • Ann Hock Lim

    Dato… The humble living of kelantan PAS leader is long gone since the well respect TGNA. The current PAS leadership except Marfuz Omar have get their hand tainted with UMNO corrupted money from 1MDB. None of them earn my respect!

  • Wayne You Nerd

    Can anything divide Islam from the vulgar displays of materialism and extremism as evidenced by Hadi’s & Najib’s cronies in Malaysia? We’ve lost so much spirit of Islam here in Malaysia to the point where even the ustazs deemed the spirit as ‘merunsingkan akidah’.

    In any case, Hadi would unwittingly and stubbornly find ways to win this case against Clare, dragging and bankrupting his cronies into it because ‘God is on his side’. If he wins, it’ll be a Pyrrhic victory, where all the secrets are exposed, the rakyat have rebelled and the Najib regime will lose everything.

  • Syed Ahmad Fathi

    I think this blog post is strange. “The attacks on Ambiga and Clare?” – Its Clare that attacked PAS with her nasty accusation. When PAS want to defend themself by starting a legal claim, suddenly it become PAS ‘attacking Ambiga and Claire’. Strange.

    • mohd yusof

      This is my first posting ever… I could no longer tolerate mediocrity and plain stupidity…

      Firstly, do you know “who” is “attacking Ambiga and Clare?”

      The answer is : UMNO… by way of Dahlan & UMNO bloggers. ( Please do reread the info above written in plain and simple english where any village idiot with half a brain should be able to grasp the gist of the article.)

      Secondly, where did you ever come up with this fairy tale notion that it was the writer of the article who wrote that it was PAS that attacked those 2 women? ( In plain and simple english: Zaid did not write that it was PAS that attacked those 2 women but it was UMNO via Dahlan & UMNO bloggers.)

      Thirdly, either you need a new pair of eye-glasses or you are missing that other half of a decent and normal brain.

      Finally, I wish to apologize to the blog owner for this post… my only line of defense being that I simply cannot tolerate mediocrity and plain stupidity to go unpunished.

      As they say, “evil flourishes when good men do nothing.”

      • Syed Ahmad Fathi

        Calling people stupid, village idiot, half brain will not make you win an argument.

  • Marge Pinot

    “It’s the death knell for any political party to sell its principles for cash.”

    Really? Politicians in this country have been selling not just their principles, but their morality, religion and their souls for cash ever since Mahathir became Prime Minister. And they have flourished. It was not that long ago Zaid, that you were in the mix and midst of these politicians. And you flourished.

    If history is anything to go by, Hadi and PAS would have flourished if they had just let sleeping dogs lie. Hadi’s ego however, got the better of him. And he has made the calamitous mistake of going after Clare Brown. It is his ego that has sounded his death knell. Not Najib’s cash. Mahathir made “cash” in exchange for everything, from loyalty to unabashed boot licking halal and acceptable custom in the Malay community and by extension, in Islam “à la Malaysia”. You imagine that the Malays are still actually troubled by this practice? Not any more. They might have been before Mahathir’s time. But that monster, the single most destructive force of this nation and the “principles” that you think the majority community still has, ensured that it will be generations before a paradigm shift in the mind set will be restored.

  • Joe

    It should not matters not to UMNO or Najib if it’s true or not. Najib and UMNO pays for all sort of sordid things. One more makes no difference. The case only matter to Hadi’s PAS. So the conclusion is obvious. More than that it also now means Najib’s grand plan is failing and he and UMNO’S think Hadi’s PAS leaders are idiots. Yet Hadi and his team is still embracing their nemesis mocking them. Learned men, leaders? Pathetic is more like it.

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