‘Hadi could have been PM if PAS had stayed with Pakatan Rakyat’

If PAS had stayed with PKR and DAP in then Pakatan Rakyat coalition, (PAS president) Abdul Hadi Awang may have become a prime minister, said Kedah Amanah chairperson Phahrolrazi Mohd Zawawi.

Ktemoc Konsiders

This was basically the gist of Malaysiakini’s recent interview with the former Kedah PAS leader at his house in Alor Setar, Kedah.

Asked to reminisce about the time when PAS decided to withdraw from Pakatan Rakyat, the Alor Mengkudu assemblyperson said he believed the decision was made because of the mindset of some party leaders at the time.

According to him, political enemies had been trying to break up the opposition coalition for quite some time, even since the days when PAS was being led by the late Fadzil Noor and its then spiritual leader Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat.

However, all these attempts did not work back then.

He said PAS had seen changes in its leadership over the years, and it had always participated in elections and looked really strong.

Political reality

“(But) when we contest in elections, we lose. Our ceramah was attended by tens of thousands of people but we would still lose elections.

“We may be victorious on the east coast but we could not get a hold of the west coast. So it is even harder for us to move towards forming a federal government.

“Like in Kedah, if the population composition is similar to Kelantan, we would have won (the state) a long time ago. But the group that has the determining power is not the Malays.

“So why do we go into elections – do we want to win or lose? Do we go into elections just for the sake of doing it, or to gain pahala (afterlife rewards), or we want to win?” he asked.

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