KUALA LUMPUR: Pas president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang has denied claims that he is bitter over DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang’s refusal to support him as Pakatan Harapan’s prime ministerial candidate in the last general election.
“It’s not true… not true. There is no need to comment… it’s not true,” Hadi told reporters after the launching an event at Dewan Tok Guru at Masjid Rusila on Jan 9.
It was reported that Hadi had nominated himself and Gua Musang member of parliament Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah as the prime minister and deputy prime minister respectively, should the opposition win the 13th General Election.
Lim had claimed that Hadi was still angry after DAP shot down his proposal to make himself Pakatan Harapan’s candidate for minister, and not Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, who was then the pact’s de facto leader.
In a statement on Jan 6, 2012, however, Hadi said he did not mind becoming a “fisherman” as long as the would-be prime minister was able to “save the country” by upholding Islamic principles.
“The important thing is to appoint a leader who will save the country based on Islamic teachings. If there is one, I don’t mind going back to my hometown and be a fisherman,” he was quoted as saying during an event in Kampung Gaung, Kuala Berang.
Hadi was, at the time, commenting on the former Selangor Pas commissioner Datuk Dr Hassan Mohamed Ali’s statement that the late former Kelantan Menteri Besar Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat should replace Anwar as the prime ministerial candidate if Pakatan Rakyat took power.
Hassan had said should age become a barrier for Nik Aziz, Hadi should become prime minister.
Hadi, who is Marang MP, had said the issue of who should become the prime minister should be discussed after Pakatan Harapan won the election.
Pakatan Rakyat lost in the polls and fell apart in 2015 after Pas and DAP severed ties over the Islamic party's hudud ambitions.
The pact was subsequently replaced by Pakatan Harapan, which comprises PKR, DAP, PAS’ splinter Parti Amanah Negara, and Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia.