Hadi pays tribute to Dr M for ensuring peaceful transition

PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang reads the prayer before Muhyiddin Yassin leaves for Istana Negara to take his oath of office on March 1.

PETALING JAYA: PAS’s Abdul Hadi Awang has paid tribute to Dr Mahathir Mohamad while calling on Malaysians of all races to take the middle path, just days after his party helped secure the majority to thwart the return of the Pakatan Harapan coalition.

Hadi said Mahathir had successfully steered the country during a critical time following the fall of the Barisan Nasional government in 2018.

Saying history books would remember Mahathir as “exemplary statesman”, Hadi said the 94-year-old, who resigned at the start of a week-long political crisis last week, should not be blamed over the turn of events.

Hadi meanwhile urged the Malay-Muslim majority to play a greater role in fostering harmony between races.

Saying there are extremists among both Muslims and non-Muslims, Hadi said it was time all Malaysians focus on their similarities rather than religious and ethnic differences.