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Is Hadi just ignorant or simply stupid?!

How could he choose, in the name of religion, to deny the inalienable right of non-Muslim citizens to be involved in the governance of their country?


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Pas president Hadi Awang clearly enjoys courting criticism for his outlandish comments – or is it a case of Hadi not caring about what he says?

His comments are mostly devoid of truth and full of blatant lies – totally unbecoming of a political leader who is seen as a religious scholar.

Though he projects himself as a holy man, he comes across as being neither religious nor pious, and his comments do him no credit to enhance his reputation as a principled Muslim politician.

Malaysians would expect him to be responsible and sensible when he speaks. But he has shown scant respect for truth and, it seems, he deliberately misrepresents facts. Is it a political ploy to confuse the Muslim electorate to win over their support?

Be that as it may, the question arises: how could he be so horrendously wrong over simple facts and the well-established political reality in the world? It is simply incredible that he could be so ignorant and stupid when he callously refers to other countries to claim credit for his view that non-Muslims should not play any role at all in the development of Malaysia.

His bewildering statement baffles us. On 7 June he audaciously asserted in an opinion piece that non-Muslims should be grateful that they have been given “a place” in this country through the jus soli citizenship policy that he claimed would not be afforded to them everywhere else.

Hello, we are not “given a place” – nobody does that!

Citizenship is our rightful birthright under the Federal Constitution. We are citizens by virtue of the fact we are Malaysians. We are automatically citizens when we are born in Malaysia to Malaysian parents. No generous hand grants citizenship to us – it is our inherent right!

It is totally unacceptable for Hadi to state that non-Muslims should instead be grateful for being accorded the privilege to stay in this country. What rubbish is he talking about?

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Isn’t he aware that without the three major communities coming together and agreeing to work together, there would have been no “merdeka” (independence) for Malaya in 1957? The toils and spoils of other people’s struggles have placed Hadi in this position and instead of being grateful, he is being insolent!

In continuing with his diatribe, Hadi foolishly stated: “They must accept the fact that most countries in the world do not give a place to anybody who is not native and does not believe in the country’s ideology, but Islam gives fair rights to non-Muslim residents who do not embrace Islam as the country’s creed.”

This outlandish rhetoric has no basis in history, fact or law in Malaysia.

Under the Federal Constitution, we are not required to “embrace Islam” to qualify to be a citizen. Hadi is obviously talking nonsense! He woefully doesn’t understand what our fundamental rights are. He doesn’t have any respect for human rights.

As for his claim that non-Muslims “must accept the fact that most countries in the world do not give a place to anybody who is not native and does not believe in the country’s ideology”, it’s a lot of hogwash!

How do you explain why millions of immigrants risk dangerous journeys to settle in the UK, Europe, Australia and elsewhere? These immigrants, who are mostly Muslims, go to ‘Christian’ countries where they are eventually accorded citizenship without having to convert to Christianity or pledging to accept the ideologies of these countries.

The same goes for the Chinese and Indians who go to these countries and later become citizens. When they are citizens, no restrictions are imposed on them. They are accepted as equal citizens with the same rights and responsibilities.

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Unsurprisingly, we have a Muslim who is the mayor of London, an ethnic Indian who is the prime minister of the UK, an ethnic Chinese who is Australia’s foreign affairs minister, a vice-president of the US who is an ethnic Indian. We have numerous examples of non-natives serving in various capacities and contributing to the growth and wellbeing of their adoptive countries. Their contributions are gratefully appreciated, in contrast to Hadi’s blinkered view!

Can Hadi name a single country in the world that does not give a place to anybody who is not native and does not believe in the country’s ideology? If he can’t, then he should stop insisting “most countries in the world do not give a place to anybody who is not native and does not believe in the country’s ideology”.

According to his absurd claim, this seemingly is widely prevalent in the world. I am just asking him to name just one such country! Will he oblige me?

Hadi doesn’t stop with this statement. He goes further and makes a fool of himself.

His stand that only Malay-Muslims should lead, rule and administer a pluralistic society that includes non-Muslims is outrageous! Hadi has no notion of democracy, he is absolutely ignorant about fairness, he knows nothing about justice, he blatantly disrespects the rights of citizenship.

Condescendingly, Hadi also said Malay-Muslims have afforded non-Muslims roles in other aspects that are unrelated to the Muslim faith, such as “allowing” them to hold positions in the cabinet, state executive councils and government departments.

“This is something that all ideologies have never allowed when governing their respective countries,” he claimed.

How could he choose, in the name of religion, to exclude and deny the inalienable right of non-Muslim citizens to be involved in the governance of their country? It is an unconscionable stand to take but that doesn’t bother him at all.

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What does Hadi say about receiving taxes from the non-Muslims which pay for the upkeep of the nation? Should he, in all good conscience, receive his salary from money provided by the non-Muslims, some even coming from non-halal sources?

He not only displays his political ignorance, he also blatantly lied when he claimed that the unity government is not fit to lead because it is “dominated” by minorities – meaning that the minority non-Muslims predominantly outsmart the Muslims in the cabinet.

This is not supported by facts. It is a preposterous claim that exposes Hadi as a blatant liar!

Anwar’s cabinet has, if I’m not mistaken, seven non-Muslim ministers out of 28 full ministers and nine deputy ministers out of 27 deputies. How can these 16 ministers and deputies – out of the 55 in total – outnumber and outvote 39 others? It is ludicrous to claim that these minority numbers can dominate the majority.

But people who don’t know the facts would think that Hadi is right and swallow his rhetoric hook, line and sinker. When you are garbed in religious robes, you can be persuasive even when you are absolutely wrong and not telling the truth! But that doesn’t make you a saint!

Under Article 8 of the Federal Constitution, my equality is no less than Hadi’s. His responsibility to the nation is equal to mine. My rights are not diminished simply because Hadi is a Muslim. His rights are not enhanced just because I’m a non-Muslim. It’s important to realise we are equal before the law.

Finally, in view of all that Hadi had said, it is pertinent to ask him, “Hadi, are you just ignorant or simply stupid?”

See my earlier article: “Hadi is at it again – lying and twisting and demonising!

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22 Jun 2023 4.58pm

not just hadi, a large part of the populace thinks they have bestowed a ‘gift’ on the non-Malays. maybe they did for the first generation. Now, into the fourth and fifth generations, it is no longer a gift.. it is an inalienable right!

22 Jun 2023 3.19pm

Slm Msia.Rama has written well,highlighting essential nationhood issues.We don’t want to be dragged into a sort of titfortat. In a multiculturaal socty such as OURS it serves no good purpose, going forward, for OUR future generations.Yet, sm matters NEEd to be discussed.We will seriously ask Aliran to call Hadi n other PAS-UMNO,other l’drs in his genre of thought,for DIALOGUES.Human Rights-Islamic Humanity, Democracy, Msian History,Fed Constitution-these NEED to be discussed in all their depth.Nik Azia, Rawa, early l’drs’ thoughts cd be SHARED with them n further fine-tuned, towards OUR COMMON GOOD, GOING FORWARD.Time is paramount.

19 Jun 2023 3.32pm

News reporters should interview Hadi to clear his stance before the up coming state elections.

18 Jun 2023 4.39pm

Padi Bawang…is a complete third rate liar…

Raymond Rayan
Raymond Rayan
18 Jun 2023 4.17pm

The most racialist and anti religion in the country. He should be behind bars for all his political dispute on religion and race

Tris W
Tris W
18 Jun 2023 11.24am

How come Muslims in the country are not worried that Hadi is making bad name to Islam and causing ill impression of the religion? Why are they more interested in the “Alxxh” issue than the actual values the great prophet’s teaching? Non-Muslims are more confused now and it seems PAS brand of Islam is so different and deviated and no Muslim even dare to condemn…..

Khoo Soo Hay
Khoo Soo Hay
18 Jun 2023 8.03am

Please don’t publish his mug! Can’t stand the idiot!

Khoo Soo Hay
Khoo Soo Hay
18 Jun 2023 8.00am

Send this ‘Taliban’ as Ambassador to Saudi Arabia. I think MBS will not even accept him!

18 Jun 2023 7.13am

Dear Aliran,

I do wish you and your fellow Malaysians well.

Ravinder Singh has said it all.

Unfortunately there is not much you can do with this anachronistic element of the age of the dinosaurs.

You just have to give it plenty of space and let it roam,


18 Jun 2023 2.22am

Hadi bawang’s main objective is to cover up his own [dubious] activities
As a mega hypocrite he’s neither ignorant nor stupid

Ravinder Singh
17 Jun 2023 5.14pm

Hadi and his ilk should be thankful that Non-Muslims (mainly Chinese and Indians) came or were brought to this country. They are the ones who established the little towns in the rural areas. They are the ones who toiled as the backbone of the rubber and coconut plantations and worked in tin mines. They built and ran the railways. They built the modern roads, etc. Hadi should know how to be grateful for all that the non-Muslims did to help develop this nation. He is the one who is ungrateful to people who put in so much effort to develop this country.

It’s all about politics.

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