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PAS dismisses Saudi ‘terror list’, others want Hadi to come clean

 | November 23, 2017

The accusation by Riyadh and its allies has to do with regional power play in the Middle East, says PAS.

Khairuddin-Aman-saudiPETALING JAYA: PAS has dismissed Saudi Arabia’s accusation of terrorism at an international Muslim body linked to the Islamist party’s president, while its critics are urging Abdul Hadi Awang to come clean.

A senior PAS leader said the Saudis’ enlisting of the International Union of Muslim Scholars (IUMS), a grouping of Islamic scholars of which Hadi is its vice-president, was part of regional politics among warring blocs in the Middle East.

Khairuddin Aman Razali said there was also no need for a response from PAS over the issue, adding that IUMS had never promoted terrorism as charged.

“The union does not encourage any form of terrorism,” said the PAS Ulama information chief.

“On the other hand, it is known for its moderate stance.”

But critics of PAS are urging the government to investigate Hadi, while urging him to come clean.

Former PAS leader Mujahid Yusof Rawa, now part of Amanah, said the accusation was serious as Hadi is a member of Parliament and leader of an Islamic party.

“We don’t want to be seen harbouring an MP accused of terrorism.

“Hadi has to come clean that he does not preach hatred. At the same time, the government has to get more information from the four countries that have revealed the information,” he told FMT.

The four countries – Saudi Arabia, Egypt, UAE and Bahrain – are part of the self-declared “anti-terror” quartet, which launched a diplomatic onslaught against Qatar last June.

It was largely seen as a move to punish the oil-rich sheikhdom for harbouring leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood, as well as Doha’s friendly approach to Iran, Riyadh’s arch-enemy in the Middle East.

After severing ties with Qatar, they issued a “terror list” of individuals and organisations who they claimed had links to terrorism.

IUMS alongside another organisation were added to the list today, in addition to 11 individuals, accusing them of “working to promote terrorism through the exploitation of Islamic discourse”.

Meanwhile, another PAS critic, Khairuddin Abu Hassan, said Hadi must come forward to explain the allegation as it involves Malaysia’s image.

Khairuddin, who was arrested under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act (Sosma) for his role in reporting the 1MDB scandal to foreign authorities, said Hadi too should be investigated under the draconian act.

Renegade PAS MP Mahfuz Omar, however, defended IUMS, saying the Malaysian government should issue a protest note to the quartet.

Mahfuz said the Saudis and their allies were being pressured by the US.

The Qatar-based IUMS was formed in 2004 and is headed by the influential Muslim scholar Yusuf al-Qaradawi, who has also been named by the Saudis for links to terrorism.

Hadi has frequently criticised Arab monarchs. Two days ago, he lashed out at the Sunni-Shia sectarianism in the Middle East, and said he would choose Qatar, Turkey and Iran over other Arab powers in the region.

“I return to the Quran (for guidance) although the ruler who is the servant of the Two Holy Cities has forged intimate ties with Israel and the United States, because my faith is not with the Kaabah but with Allah,” Hadi said in an article published by PAS mouthpiece Harakahdaily on Tuesday, referring to Saudi Arabia’s King Salman Abdul Aziz.


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