I’ll do it, Even if they send me to Sabah or Sarawak – PAS President


“If my party’s central working committee tells me to contest in Pekan, I’ll do it.

“Even if they send me to Sabah or Sarawak, I will abide by their decision,” Hadi said at a press conference held at the party headquarters.

Also present were PAS deputy president Mohamad Sabu, vice-presidents Mahfuz Omar and Husam Musa and secretary-general Mustafa Ali.

Hadi was recently reported as saying that he was ready to contest in Pekan. He is currently the Marang MP.

Former Kita president Zaid Ibrahim had also expressed interest to wrest the seat from Najib if Hadi decides not to contest there.

However, Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin said that the duo would not be able to defeat Najib at his stronghold.

“Let them [Hadi and Zaid] come. The more the merrier,” Muhyiddin was reported as saying.

Other Umno leaders had called Hadi’s offer to contest in Pekan as a mere political ploy.

Earlier today, Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim said Najib should instead contest in Marang against Hadi.

No comment on Nurul’s statement

On another matter, Hadi refused to comment on PKR vice-president Nurul Izzah Anwar’s recent statement on religious freedom, saying he did not have much information on the matter.

“I can’t comment based on media reports alone as some of them are inaccurate.

“In Islam, even if there is one percent doubt on any matter, we must get more details first,” he said.

On Saturday, Nurul was reported as saying that freedom of religion should be accorded to all in a forum titled “Islamic state? Which vision? Whose responsibility.”

However, she clarified her statement yesterday, saying that a Muslim is bound by the Syariah principles.

When asked if PAS would meet Nurul on the matter, Hadi said,”We have more pressing matters at hand, like preparing for the general election.”

PAS muktamar

Hadi also spoke about the PAS annual general meeting (muktamar) which will be held from Nov 16 to 18, at Dewan PUTIK, Pengkalan Chepa, Kelantan.

He said that among the issues that will be discussed in the muktamar would be the preparation for the 13th general election.

“All the motions brought in by PAS leaders are being scrutinised by a committee, led by party information chief Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man,” said Hadi.-FMT