As I have stated so often, I respect Haris Ibrahim very much. Currently Haris is pushing the current campaign mantra of ABU or ‘Anyone But UMNO’, urging the voters to vote for any candidate (from any political party) standing against an UMNO candidate in any federal or state electoral constituency.
However, as in any concept, policy or practice, there have to be exceptions. I do not apologise for raising this reminder, because of what I read in Malaysiakini’s Nik Aziz, Hadi for PM if Anwar convicted.
That pompous treacherous solar-powered Hasan Ali is at it again. At best I would say he’s sucking up to the two Pak Hajis, to ensure he retains a place in the list of PAS candidates for the next election, but I am not confident he is not, again, doing UMNO’s work again, by deliberately throwing into the Pakatan leadership ring, an apple of discord.
According to Greek mythology (from Wikipedia), Zeus held a banquet in celebration of the marriage of Peleus and Thetis, the parents of Achilles. However, Eris, goddess of discord was not invited (for she would have made the party unpleasant for everyone). Angered by this snub, Eris arrived at the celebration with a golden apple which she threw into the proceedings, upon which was the inscription καλλίστῃ (kallistēi, which meant ‘for the fairest one’).
Three goddesses claimed the apple: Hera, Athena and Aphrodite. They asked Zeus to judge which of them was fairest, and eventually he, reluctant to favour any claim himself, declared that Paris, a Trojan mortal, would judge their cases.
To cut the story short, Paris selected Aphrodite, who in turn blessed him with the love of the most beautiful woman in the world, Helen, who was the wife of Menelaus the Spartan King. Their adulterous elopement led to the Trojan War and numerous tragedies including the total destruction of Troy.
As I mentioned, there should be exceptions to any policy or campaign thrust. If PAS won’t get rid of Hasan Ali, then wherever he stands we must make an exception to ABU for he is the greater evil than an UMNO candidate.
Other possible exceptions to ABU would be his PAS pro-UMNO partner, Nasharudin Mat Isa, and also Zulkifli Noordin the Kulim Wonder, assuming he doesn’t stand as an UMNO candidate, and likewise our dear Ibrahim Ali.
Hasan won’t be able to stand as an UMNO candidate because his usefulness to UMNO is only valid if he remains in PAS to cause trouble among Pakatan. He'll be finished if PAS sacks him because UMNO will then not touch him with a ten-foot pole.
So, rather than ABU in his case, it should be ABHA – Asal Bukan Hasan Ali or Anyone But Hasan Ali.