KUALA LUMPUR – The President of PAS, Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang said that the recent government transition is the most impactful experience throughout his 56 years in politics.
According to Abdul Hadi, he was directly involved in the process and almost had to be hospitalised for working too hard to ensure a smooth transition.
Although he had faced and involved in various political conflicts in at the global stage such as in Bosnia, Palestine, Kashmir and Afghanistan, the recent government transition gave him a different challenge as it happened in his own motherland.
“My political partners and I toiled hard in this issue and I had insufficient sleep. I was advised to be hospitalised twice.
“However, we worked with full spirit until we see the interesting change. Peaceful. No blood was shed,” said Abdul Hadi in an exclusive interview with Owh!MG produced by MalaysiaGazette.
On 24 February, the national political landscape was shaken by the resignation of Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad as the Prime Minister.
Following that, on 25 and 26 February, Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah interviewed all Members of Parliament to evaluate their support for a Prime Minister.
Corresponding to the Federal Constitution after going through the processes, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin obtained the majority support and trust from the Members of the Parliament and was appointed as the 8th Prime Minister of Malaysia.
Elaborating further, Abdul Hadi said that among the responsibility shouldered by them was to ensure that the unity among the Muslims and Malays was not affected by the power transition.
“Our responsibility was to unite them. Secondly, we cannot deny the non-Muslims. We cannot reject them as they are one of us.
“That was not an easy task. For example, there are differences between the Malays as you can see among the members of UMNO, PAS and Bersatu.
“In the end, we managed to create a common ground to return the political power of the Malays and Islam which is fair to all.
“We also managed to invite the non-Muslims who are not extremists, hate chaos and fights to be with us in forming the Perikatan Nasional government,” said Abdul Hadi. –MalaysiaGazette