Lying now shariah-compliant is it, social media users ask PAS

Looi Sue-Chern

Nik Mohamad Abduh Nik Abdul Aziz is trying to downplay an audio clip in which he admits PAS accepted money from Umno. – The Malaysian Insight file pic, February 14, 2019.

SOCIAL media users slammed Nik Mohamad Abduh Nik Abdul Aziz and accused PAS of making lying “shariah compliant” after his “confession” over an audio clip in which the Islamist party admitted accepting funds from its rival, Umno.

The PAS central committee member said yesterday he wanted to admit to being the person behind the voice recording but denied it on the instructions of party leaders, including president Abdul Hadi Awang.

“It was my speech in a closed event, in the presence of a selected audience. It was my right to protect the secrecy and not betray it. Both choices comply to the shariah,” he said in a lengthy statement on Facebook.

The audio recording went viral last year ahead of the 14th general election, a time when PAS was under heavy attack from Pakatan Harapan for receiving money from Umno.

Nik Abduh had repeatedly denied the recording, calling it “nonsense and slander”.

However, the issue resurfaced recently after Hadi settled his defamation suit against whistle-blower site Sarawak Report, which ran a story in 2016 alleging that PAS had accepted money from Umno.

After a police report was lodged, the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission started a probe and recorded statements from several PAS leaders, including Nik Abduh.

Social media users lashed out at the Bachok MP and the Islamist party’s leaders for lying and for their audacity.

On Twitter, Serdang assemblyman Dr Siti Mariah Mahmud (@DrSitiMariah) of Amanah said: “Lying now is syariah compliant. Shame shame on you PAS.”

R.H (@ryzwolf) also criticised Nik Abduh’s “shariah-compliant” remark.

“With regards to Nik Abduh’s audio, I have one question to ask… Is it ‘syarie compliance’ to tell a lie? Eventually, telling a lie for a shabby political cover up is permissible in the ‘religious’ political party,” he tweeted.

A Facebook user Wan Ahmad said Nik Abduh should resign over the issue.

“The issue is not the content of the audio recording, but integrity. Lying and then admitting the lie.”

Twitter user boopboop2019 (@DukeOrange081) called Nik Abduh’s explanation “the biggest facepalm moment” in its history.

“Nik Abduh needs to re-read the story of the false prophet Musailamah al Kadzab. To see how grave dosa menipu (the sin of lying) is.

“This is the biggest facepalm moment in PAS history. I’m so psyched, I hope the blind supporters will fall apart and see the truth behind this fake kingdom of heaven,” he tweeted.

Jhon Tan said all PAS leaders have lost their credibility.

“So-called religious party. Turns out it is one that legitimises slander,” he said.

Many also panned Nik Abduh for appearing to be a hypocrite when it came to religious matters.

“It’s indeed a great shame to deny your own voice while it was truly yours just to cheat on others on media.

“Take off your turban before you lie!! All the while shout to be religious?? Pak Lebai???” Facebook user Jennifer Bong said, using the “skullcap wearer” label many used to refer to PAS members.

Tim Fin said this was “tangible proof never to trust a person who outwardly shows he’s pious but inwardly, the exact opposite”.

“The smile is just for public consumption. Don’t be fooled.” – February 14, 2019.

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  • PAS ULAMA real hypocrite, disservice to Islam

    Posted 5 years ago by Tam Yan Cheng · Reply

  • Honestly I really dont know what is this issue about ? I read that Taqqiya that it is permissible to lie to save your own skin . What Tuan Hadi Awang has done was given it a wider interpretation that you can lie to save the Party honour and integrity . Why the big fuss about lying in PAS ? Come on cool it ! Nik Aduh go on lying and put on record it was a lie that I got rm 2 million from Umno .

    Posted 5 years ago by John Fam · Reply

  • Be good humans first before you bring religion into politics. PAS leaders will most probably just collapse if they do not use religion as a backbone to cling on to.

    Posted 5 years ago by Tanahair Ku · Reply

  • The present crop of PAS leaders have certainly turned their party into general laughing stock. Hopefully their followers will start thinking hard about whether they want to continue with these fools.

    Posted 5 years ago by Leong Hong · Reply

  • We had a kelptocrat. Now we have a liarorat. Disgracing the name of Islam.

    Posted 5 years ago by Besaman Mucho · Reply

  • PAS has signed their own party demise warrant.. This party will be history soon. Hadi is now being viewed as no different from the lanun Najib. He has inculcate the sesat Islam to his followers and they are not forgivable to his big sins in misleading them from the true teaching. His Amanat Hadi causes death and his wishy washy administration are causing hardship in their east coast states where the vices are the highest. His self indulgence into materials wealth and lustful needs in more marriages are true revealation that he is none other than a Hypocrite in the guise of a Clergy Man and more as a Devil Disciple..

    Posted 5 years ago by Lee Lee · Reply

  • To tell lies also must be shariah compliance nowadays.

    Posted 5 years ago by Chee yee ng · Reply

  • Interesting to anticipate what the answer will be ...

    Posted 5 years ago by Sin Fook Choo · Reply

  • Its an utter shame for a someone who claims to be a religious leader to justify lying. This actually blaspheme the religion and bring the religion to ill-repute. Its a universal value and in all religions that lying is wrong (morally) and a sin (religiously). How can he justify lying? It just shows how deep PAS has sunk in its quest for political power. I really feel sad for loyal PAS supporters, some of whom have given so much to the party and its leaders, who then completely betray that trust. Its time for their members to wake up and kick this bunch of hypocrites out. Trying to justify with what they call "situation ethics"?

    Posted 5 years ago by Mike Mok · Reply

  • Don't forget to assign blame on Hadi Awang for it was he who sanctioned the lying. So much for the spiritual leader of lies. It is disappointing to find out that Hadi is a charlatan and a disgrace to his religion.

    Posted 5 years ago by Panchen Low · Reply