Hadi: G25 a threat to Muslims, more dangerous than militant group Al-Maunah

PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang says G25 poses an intellectual threat to Muslims.

PETALING JAYA: PAS today said that G25 was more dangerous than Al-Maunah, the militant group that sparked a major security alert in 2000 after they raided a military armoury.

Party president Abdul Hadi Awang also said the group of retired senior civil servants posed an intellectual threat to Muslims, following its release of a report on the administration of Islam in the country which sparked criticism over its call to review shariah provisions on apostasy.

In its conclusion, the report released last Saturday, “Administration of Matters Pertaining to Islam”, that a Muslim’s decision to leave Islam was a personal one, and questioned the legality of the Islamic Development Department (Jakim) and the National Council for Islamic Affairs.

Hadi accused G25 of insulting state muftis and religious advisers to the rulers, saying the group was insinuating that they did not understand the Federal Constitution.

He said G25 should not think that they were the only ones who understood Islam, and compared it to Al-Maunah.

“We have experienced a time when Al-Maunah, a group that indulged in prayer rituals but ignorant of Islamic jurisprudence, attacked an army camp and endangered the lives of people.

“This group (G25) and its ilks are more dangerous than Al-Maunah as they are a threat to Muslim beliefs.”

In 2000, members of the Al-Maunah cult raided a military armoury. Their 29 followers were arrested at a jungle hideout in Perak following a four-day stand-off with security forces.

They took four hostages and killed two of them – a policeman and a soldier – before surrendering.

Their leader Mohd Amin Mohd Razali was sentenced to death for treason in 2006.