The NST report follows:
In an apparent move likely to further drive a wedge between the Islamic party and its opposition partners, Pas president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang yesterday said as the richest state in the country, Selangor needed a strong and capable administrator to run a tight ship. Hadi denied that the party’s stand was gender- biased.
Nevertheless, he did not spell out the qualities required for one to hold the top executive’s office in Selangor.
“There is a series of criteria needed for one to be eligible as a leader.
“For example, among the skills (Dr Wan Azizah) must possess is the ability to face (detractors) and answer hard questions in Parliament and the state assembly.
“If you can’t hold your own in a debate with opposition members in the (Selangor) state assembly, how can you lead (in a vastly larger role)?” Hadi said in Marang here, when asked by a Pas member during a dialogue as to why the party would not accept Dr Wan Azizah as the menteri besar.
The dialogue was held for party members to seek clarification on current political issues prior to Pas’ muktamar next week.
On Wednesday, Hadi created a furore after his office sent a new list of three potential office-bearers to replace Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim as Selangor menteri besar. Hadi had declined to reveal the names.
The names were not revealed, but it was confirmed by party secretary-general Datuk Mustafa Ali that the names of two PKR and one Pas assemblymen have been submitted as candidates.
Previously, on Aug 17, Pas had named Dr Wan Azizah and her deputy, Azmin Ali, as the party’s preferred candidates, after Khalid was sacked from PKR last month. Pas also had pledged that it would not put forth one of its own for the post.
The sultan of Selangor had decreed that each of the opposition coalition parties should at least provide three names for the post. PKR and DAP, however, remained adamant to only fielding Dr Wan Azizah.
To a question by another member on the party’s decision to submit three names to the Selangor palace instead of one, Hadi said the party was merely adhering to the sultan’s decree.
“If we push on to submit just one (name) to the palace, then people will label us as tak reti bahasa (unable to understand simple instructions).
“At the same time, how will the sultan be able to deliberate (his choice) if there is only one name?
“It is up to the others (DAP and PKR) to determine the contents of their (respective) list, but I am certain that Pas members will prefer to have leaders who understand the request made by the sultan,” said Hadi.
DESIDERATA: For Hadi Awang's and others like him from Pakatan Rakyat component party PAS, I would like to remind them that for a Malaysian like "Kak Wan" to have withstood all the trials and tribulations from 1988 onwards when her husband DS Anwar Ibrahim was sacked as UMNO deputy president and concurrently as DPM and Finance Minister, I thnik Wan Azizah is more than qualified to serve as the chief executive of the richest state of Malaysia. While the Significant Other served time -- more than six years -- in Sungai Buloh on charges trumped by UMNO, Kak Wan rpose to the occasion by serving as PKR President first as Permatang Pauh MP, and just months ago, stepped up to the plate as Styate Assemblywoman of Kajang (when again UMNO played FOUL by bringing forward the Sodomy 2 case at the appeals court to bar Anwar in contesting the Kajang by-election).
Just one simple background fact: Wan Azizah graduated in Medicine at a UK University on her merit, specialising in Opthalmoplogy, a course in the Sciences normally pursued by top students at Upper Secondary level. How many of the present bunch of Najib's Cabinet members graduated in Science or Mathematics fields to be able to display an IQ level on par with Wan Azizah, my main Sole Question to Hadi and his ilk... Ah, Malay studies from MU or Islamic Studies from Al Azhar university in Egypt?
As for other criteria I place high on my list like Integrity, Transparency and Accountabilty, HOW MANY UMNO or PAS leaders can claim to have achieved a cleaner record than Wan Azizah in the past 15 years since 1999?
I hope PR leaders like Mat Sabu (deputy PAS deputy) will lead a revolt against leaders like Hadi who don't show SOLIDARITY as partners of PAKATAN RAKYAT. People's Power in the March 8, 2008 General Elections marked a breakout in their aspirations for a TWO-PARTY/COALITION SYSTEM in NegaraKu. I hope the PR parties -- everyone of the DAP, PKR and PAS leaders and elected representatives -- will honour the PEOPLE'S MANDATE renewed in the May 2013 13th General Elections in their trust in PR's March To Putrajaya remove BN/UMNO from the federal seat of government! A United PR will Prevail over the "Dark Forces" represented by UMNO and their ilk.I pray: "Hopefully Hadi is the first and last "Dark Force" convert from PR/PAS! Amen". YL, Desi