Hadi macam tak minat dengan Pakatan...
Jawatankuasa tersebut masih belum bermesyuarat sejak pilihan raya umum pada Mei 2013.
DAP pula berkeras agar Hadi hadir sendiri ke mesyuarat tersebut dan tidak menghantar wakil.
"Saya tengok (beliau) macam tak minat lagi dalam Pakatan Rakyat kerana sudah ada perbezaan pendapat.
“Tiga isu yang mereka tak boleh satu pendapat. Dulu ada juga perbezaan pendapat tetapi tak begitu besar, boleh diambil oleh Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim. Sekarang tak ada siapa.
"Ketua parti kena hadir mesyuarat tu, sebab bila beliau hadir, dia akan iltizam pada keputusan-keputusan yang dibuat," kata ADUN PAS Pengkalan Kundor itu.
"(Ia) lebih baik dari hantar orang bawahan, dia tak boleh buat keputusan. Dan kena tangguh dulu (keputusan). Jadi masalah dan melambatkan proses (membuat keputusan)," katanya dalam wawancaranya dengan Malaysiakini pada Isnin.
Hubungan Hadi dengan rakan dalam Pakatan dilihat retak apabila beliau tidak bersetuju dengan keputusan PKR untuk mencalonkan Presidennya Datuk Seri Wan Azizah Wan Ismail sebagai calon Menteri Besar Selangor menggantikan Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim.
Phahrolrazi menyifatkan perkara tersebut sebagai "salah faham" yang mana ia dengan mudah dapat diselesaikan jika pimpinan Pakatan Rakyat mengadakan mesyuarat dengan teratur.
Beliau turut mengeluh mengenai kelemahan Pakatan selepas pilihan raya umum lalu.
Katanya, gabungan parti pembangkang itu perlu lebih tersusun, sebagai organisasi berdaftar supaya dapat menyertai pilihan raya umum akan datang di bawah satu lambang.
"Rakyat nak lihat Pakatan yang wujud. Mesyuarat pun dah tak ada, mungkin dalam konvesyen PasMa akan diutarakan perkara ini.
"(Iaitu) supaya Pakatan (Rakyat) wujud sebagai satu pertubuhan yang ada struktur untuk hadapi politik dan dapat keyakinan dari rakyat," katanya.
Bekas exco Kedah itu berkata pengundi juga mahu melihat kepimpinan yang ditawarkan dan pakatan pembangkang itu mesti bersedia untuk menamakan calon perdana menteri dan barisan Kabinet untuk menguasai Putrajaya.
"Orang tak mahu tengok (Pakatan) masuk (Putrajaya) dengan cara masing-masing – tak boleh. Keyakinan rakyat tak boleh dapat dengan cara itu," katanya.
Menurutnya, Ketua Umum PKR Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim mungkin tewas dalam rayuan kes Liwat II di Mahkamah Persekutuan yang mungkin menyebabkan ketua pembangkang itu berdepan hukuman penjara yang panjang.
Kritikan lantang para pemimpin PAS, terutamanya ke atas peranan parti itu dalam krisis MB Selangor menyebabkan Hadi berhati-hati dengan PasMa, malah menyifatkan persatuan itu sebagai "spesies yang entah dari mana".
Naib Presiden Datuk Husam Musa turut menafikan terlibat dengan NGO itu, dan PasMa pula berulang kali menafikan bahawa mereka mempunyai rancangan untuk menjatuhkan PAS.
PasMa terus berusaha untuk bekerjmencari kerjasama dengan DAP dan PKR, Phahrolrazi merasakan sia-sia untuk bertemu Hadi kerana beliau telah melarang ahli PAS menyertai PasMa.
“Saya telah beberapa kami bertemu dengan beliau ketika PAS memerintah di Kedah dan memberi amaran bahawa kita akan kehilangan negeri ini sekiranya (Allahyarham bekas) menteri besar Kedah, Azizan Abdul Razak terus memerintah, tetapi presiden (Hadi) tidak pernah mengambil apa-apa tindakan dan kami hilang Kedah,” katanya.
Phahrolrazi, yang disebut-sebut untuk menggantikan Azizan pada 2012, menolak pelantikan semula dalam exco negeri sebagai tanda protes.
Bagaimanapun, PAS waktu itu memutuskan agar Azizan kekal sebagai MB, manakala Phahrolrazi dipujuk untuk terus kekal dalam majlis mesyuarat kerajaan negeri.
“Hadi menyerang PasMA sebelum kami dapat berjumpa dengannya (Hadi), tetapi sekiranya beliau mahu bertemu dengan kami, kami tetap sanggup berjumpa dengannya,” tambahnya lagi. - mk
Hadi no longer in love with Pakatan...
Persatuan Ummah Sejahtera Malaysia (PasMa) has taken Abdul Hadi Awang to task for his reluctance to attend Pakatan Rakyat leadership council meetings, accusing the PAS president of having “lost interest” in his party allies.
Since the 13th general election in May 2013, Pakatan Rakyat leaders have yet to meet, with DAP - one of three parties in the opposition coalition - insisting on Hadi’s presence at the meetings, only to be given the cold shoulder.
Backing DAP on its stand, PasMa president Phahrolrazi Zawawi urged Hadi to attend Pakatan meetings.
“A party leader must attend meetings because only he can commit to decisions made together (with coalition partners), which a subordinate cannot do,” Phahrolrazi said in a frank interview with Malaysiakini in Alor Setar, Kedah, on Monday.
“Sending a subordinate or a representative delays the process of decision-making for Pakatan and this is problematic,” added the Pengkalan Kundor assemblyperson.
Hadi’s (left) relationship with his Pakatan allies fractured when he disagreed with PKR’s decision to field its president Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail as candidate for Selangor menteri besar to replace Abdul Khalid Ibrahim.
Phahrolrazi said this was one of the “misunderstandings” which could have been easily resolved if only Pakatan leaders had proper meetings.
He lamented that Pakatan has weakened since the last nationwide polls, saying that the coalition should be an organised, registered body so that it can fight elections under one single logo.
“Voters want to see that Pakatan exists on a strong footing with proper structure, with its leaders meeting frequently to discuss issues affecting the people,” he added.
Phahrolrazi said voters are eager to see what leadership Pakatan has to offer and the opposition coalition must be ready to name its candidate for prime minister and its cabinet line-up should it take Putrajaya.
“You cannot gain the people’s confidence by going to Putrajaya in your own personal styles and then have a power struggle later,” he said.
This is crucial given the possibility that PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim could lose his Sodomy II appeal at the Federal Court, a decision which will be announced soon, consigning the opposition leader to another long prison term.
Pointless to meet Hadi
Such frank and direct criticisms of the PAS leadership, especially of the party’s role in the Selangor MB crisis, has led Hadi and top party leaders to being wary of PasMa.
Hadi has publicly dismissed PasMa as an “unknown species” while vice-president Husam Musa took pains to deny being ever involved in the NGO, which has repeatedly insisted that it has no plans to topple PAS.
While PasMa sought collaboration with DAP and PKR, Phahrolrazi felt it was pointless to meet Hadi as he has imposed a ban on PAS members from joining the NGO.
“I've met him several times when PAS was ruling Kedah, warned him that we would lose the state if the late menteri besar Azizan Abu Bakar continued his rule, but the president never took any action and we indeed lost Kedah," Phahrolrazi recalled.
Phahrolrazi (right), who was one of the Kedah leaders mooted to replace the ailing Azizan, had in 2012 declined to be re-appointed to the state cabinet in a rare protest against the then Kedah menteri besar. Nevertheless, the party decided to stick with Azizan and Phahrolrazi was persuaded to remain in the state executive council.
“Hadi has whacked PasMa before we could even meet him but if he wants to meet us, we are still willing to meet him,” Phahrolrazi said.
Meanwhile, Hadi is gearing up for the party elections in June, with various factions in PAS vying for leadership posts. Unlike other political parties, PAS holds its leadership elections every two years.
The factions include members who insist on remaining in Pakatan, those who want PAS to go it alone to pursue its own agenda, while another group is considering working with arch-rival Umno, which is now ready to back Kelantan’s plan to implement the controversial hudud law.
Umno's support appear desirable for the party conservatives as DAP has vehemently rejected the idea of the Islamic criminal law as it is against the federal constitution and it is not accepted as part of Pakatan's common policy.
Potential leaders other than Hadi
Despite these, the general trend in PAS, noted Phahrolrazi, is still for PAS to remain in Pakatan.
He cautioned against trusting Umno too easily, questioning the dominant Malay party of its sincerity to implement hudud.
“To me, Umno is sinking. This (supporting hudud) is merely a strategy, their ultimate goal is to save the party, and they will do whatever it takes," Phahrolrazi quipped.
Hadi took over the helm of leadership in PAS in 2002 following the death of then party president and Pendang MP Fadzil Noor.
Having leading the party for 13 years, there are now talks about replacing Hadi but this remains a challenge as the president is strongly backed by the party’s religious scholars, an unelected group which forms a powerful faction in PAS.
“These scholars throw their support behind leaders based on sentiments and not facts, and other incumbents who still hold power usually have a stronger appeal among the delegates,” said Phahrolrazi.
“We do not see the president giving up his post yet, although there are potential leaders like PAS deputy chief Mohamad Sabu and vice-presidents Husam Musa and Salahuddin Ayub who can take his place,” he noted.
"But such discussions are good, it ensures that the party will always remain dynamic."- mk
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Why ex-minister given Home Ministry contract...
PKR today questioned the government’s awarding of the Foreign Workers Centralised Management System (FWCMS) to a private company that has ties with a former minister.
The system which handles medical examinations of foreign workers and applications for Visa with Reference (VDR) was outsourced to Bestinet Sdn Bhd by the Home Ministry. The system started on Jan 15.
PKR said it was upset by the ministry’s action to outsource a system that involves sensitive information that could be a risk to national security, especially with a private company handling the matter.
“Why the need to award the contract to Bestinet Sdn Bhd, which was previously an RM2 company and does not have any track record in online systems development?
“Why is this important task outsourced to a private company?” PKR Youth information bureau chief Lee Chean Chung asked at a press conference today.
Lee said this at a press conference at which PKR director of strategy Sim Tze Tsin and treasurer Tan Yee Kew were also present.
He said it was also puzzling that the contract was awarded to an unknown private company that has Azmi Khalid (right), a one-time home minister (2004-06), as a director.
“Are the contracts awarded through open tender, and was Azmi involved in the entire process?
“The fact that a former home minister is a director of the company. Clearly, it is a conflict of interest and alludes that the award of the concession is based on relationships and internal negotiations,” Lee said.
“There are goods and services the government can outsource to the private sector, which may lead to higher efficiency and cost cutting, but certainly not the affairs associated with border control, immigration and national security.”
Lee (left) revealed that a check done with the Companies Commission of Malaysia showed that Bestinet has not been submitting its financial statements for four years since 2010 and the company status is classified as ‘dormant’.
Malaysiakini has been trying to contact Azmi for his response on this matter but has so far not been able to reach him.
Azmi was deputy home minister (1999), rural development minister (1999-2004), home minister (2004-06) and natural resources and environment minister (2006-08) as well as Public Accounts Committee (PAC) chairperson until 2013.
Lee further asked: “What is the value of the contract as well as the method of payment and who will pay for the services provided by Bestinet Sdn. Bhd?”
The Malaysian Insider reported yesterday that Azmi has denied any “hanky-panky” in the awarding of the contract to Bestinet and insisted the deal was done transparently.
However, Azmi refused to comment further on the issue and said that he would explain in detail on a later date.- mk
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