Is Hadi undermining national sovereignty?

THE Association for Community and Dialogue is concerned over press reports of the statement by PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang  that one million members of Islamist party will not allow fugitive preacher Dr Zakir Naik to be deported. He added that Muslim brotherhood comes before citizenship and transcends national borders.

This statement is clearly against Malaysia’s national sovereignty because the PAS leader and his followers are colluding with a foreign individual against their fellow citizens. Such behaviour is similar to treacherous individual elements in other countries inviting foreign elements to interfere in the internal affairs of a given country. Is this a prelude to other extremist preachers coming to this country and threatening its national existence? Zakir has basically interfered in the internal affairs of a sovereign nation.

Malaysia’s strength today is its diversity that was framed during independence and the wisdom of former prime ministers who created a balancing act by accommodating various ethnic groups in governance making it a unique Muslim-majority country to this day. The strength of Malaysia’s independence and sovereignty is deeply imbued in a broader perspective of solidarity of multi-ethnic and religious society. It is not about Malay-Muslim dominance that is projected by PAS that seems to view its non-Muslims citizens as secondary. The backward thinking of PAS leaders disqualifies them from being part of national governance since they are easily accommodative to extremist foreign elements related to religion. Furthermore, the basis of PAS  electoral contest is merely about reinforcing Malay-Muslim dominance and this goes against solidarity, common good and national sovereignty of Malaysia.

Therefore, it isvital for multi-ethnic and religious Malaysia to reject PAS ideology that threatens national sovereignty. The attitude of PAS leaders would invite foreign imperialist powers to take advantage of our current divisive politics for their geo-political games. This can be seen in Syria where domestic and external Islamist extremist movements colluded with countries like Saudi Arabia in collaboration with hegemonic powers like the United States to weaken the secular government of Bashar al-Assad. Hadi’s ideology of religious exclusivity could invite such elements into this country. Is Hadi weakening our national sovereignty?

* Ronald Benjamin is Association for Community and Dialogue secretary.

* This is the opinion of the writer or publication and does not necessarily represent the views of The Malaysian Insight. Article may be edited for brevity and clarity.

Sign up or sign in here to comment.


  • A big YES!

    Posted 2 years ago by Tanahair Ku · Reply

  • The problem is, when the head honcho invites them over to his office for a cup of coffee and what not, doesnt that embolden the PAS chaps to spew all their nonsense?

    Posted 2 years ago by Rock Hensem · Reply

    • Hadi very well remembered "HE" refused to deport Abu Bakar Bashir back to Indonesia in the '80s and as a result MANY were killed -

      Posted 2 years ago by Malaysian First · Reply


      Posted 2 years ago by Tanahair Ku · Reply

  • Hadi treachery deserves the gallow.!!! No two way about it. He is now stirring shit as he knows that Mahatir depends on him for support. As long as we have the likes of Mahatir, Anwar , UmnoPAS and Bersatu in our country , there will be no peace and developement. They think that the country is theirs and it was Almighty given to them without any effort contributed at all. The faster the younger generation have a party of their own without any influence or association from all the existing parties and politicians , Malaysia will be back on track.

    Posted 2 years ago by Lee Lee · Reply

  • Hahaha, when its Dong Zong, nobody screams & shouts.

    Posted 2 years ago by Ty Tiko · Reply

  • Dong Zong is related to Education Not Create Disharmony or Violence. And it is optional no force force.

    Posted 2 years ago by Mindy Singh · Reply

  • For Hadi non muslim in Malaysian is nothing for him.
    Hope he vanish due to health problem.
    A stupid PAS president..

    Posted 2 years ago by Kalai Chelven · Reply

  • Hadi may U ROT IN HELL U CUNNING CREATURE. Always give problem to the Minorities.

    Posted 2 years ago by Mindy Singh · Reply