|Harakahdaily,||18 November 2012|
Nov 18: Even as some PAS delegates suggested that Tuan Guru Abdul Hadi Awang should lead the Pakatan Rakyat cabinet, the PAS president again reiterated that he had no interest in becoming the prime minister.
However, in his adjournment speech for the 58th PAS Muktamar which ended today, Hadi said his only wish was to see the triumph of Islam before dying.
“I pray that God fulfils my dream of seeing the victory of Islam first. Then I will be ready to die,” he told delegates who packed the conference hall at the Kelantan Islamic Training Centre in Pengkalan Chepa.
Delegate from the Ulama and Muslimat wings had earlier suggested that Hadi was most suitable to become the prime minister.
But the 65-year old veteran leader, who has been leading PAS since 2002, brushed aside the call, saying what matters is that the prime minister must be accepted by the people and able to unite Malaysians.
Hadi’s speech today was also a break from his usual seriousness, occassionally drawing laughter from the delegates.
One delegate described him as the party’s father figure.
“To me, his speech this time shows his qualities as a father to all leaders and members of PAS,” he added.
In his speech, Hadi said he was proud that PAS had managed to hold on in Malaysian politics, being the only Islamic political party unlike in other countries.
“In Indonesia, there are more than one Islamic party. We are grateful that we are the only party in Malaysia, though we have many Islamic NGOs to give their views to us,” Hadi said.
Giving an analogy, Hadi said PAS was like an ark in stormy waters.
“This ark of PAS is able to weather the storm during the long journey. But do not jump! If you are sea sick, take your medication, if you have a headache, rest awhile. But jump you shall not as there are sharks beneath,” Hadi said greeted by loud shouts of ‘Allahu Akbar’.