I told Singaporean envoy DAP is an extremist party, says Hadi

SEREMBAN: Abdul Hadi Awang says he told a Singaporean envoy that DAP was an extremist and fanatical party when explaining to him PAS’ decision to cut ties with its one-time ally.

At a ceramah last night, the PAS president spoke of his conversation with Singapore High Commissioner to Malaysia, Vanu Gopala Menon, during a recent visit by the latter.

“We could not work with DAP because they are extreme and fanatical,” he told a crowd of about 3,000 at Taman Angsamas here.

Barisan Nasional’s candidate for Rantau, Mohamad Hasan, was there as well, along with MCA vice-president Ti Lian Ker and MIC president M Saravanan.

The fallout between PAS and DAP over plans to introduce hudud in Kelantan caused the collapse of the Pakatan Rakyat coalition, a loose pact formed between PAS, DAP and PKR in the aftermath of the 2008 polls.

Hadi, the MP for Marang, also said he had told former Singaporean prime minister Lee Kuan Yew the same thing about DAP on two occasions.

He said he had stressed the importance of appointing a leader who could helm a multiracial country like Malaysia during his one-hour meeting with Menon.

“In a multiracial country like Malaysia, we can’t focus on just one race. We have to cater to all, regardless of the colour of their skin.”