PAS chief calls Umno/BN a ‘disease’

(The Malaysian Insider) – PAS President Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang urged voters today to throw out the Barisan Nasional (BN) federal government in the next general election because he said the Umno-led coalition was a “disease” that future generations should not be forced to endure.

In a strongly-worded Malaysia Day message, Hadi blamed Umno and BN for the decline in the country’s competitiveness, rising cost of living and election fraud.

“Do not let Malaysia become weaker under the Umno-BN government, because it is our children and grandchildren’s generation who will suffer,” he said.

Hadi’s comments come amid the backdrop of an intense row between PAS and Umno over allegations that Mohamad Sabu, his deputy in the party, had labelled a Communist as an independence fighter.

Utusan Malaysia had carried a front-page report on August 27 alleging that Mohamad had said that the communists who attacked the Bukit Kepong police station during the communist insurgency were heroes.

The Umno-owned daily reported that Mohamad made the remarks at a political ceramah in Tasek Gelugor, Penang on August 21.

Mohamad had repeatedly said that Utusan’s coverage of his speech at the time was filled with falsehood, and that immediate legal action was required as the “lies” could affect him and his family.

“PAS would like to emphasise that we are against all colonists, whether communist or non-communist, from the east or the west,” Hadi said today.

“It is the instinct of all human beings regardless of background, race, religion and language to live as free and independent people, with a body and mind independent from all forms of slavery. There will be no sane person who wants to live under the shackles of any occupation, let alone have their minds and actions controlled.”