Sunday, August 18, 2019

Hadi weakening Malaysia's sovereignty


Is Hadi undermining national sovereignty?

The Association for Community and Dialogue is concerned over press reports of the statement by PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang that one million members of Islamist party will not allow fugitive preacher Dr Zakir Naik to be deported. He added that Muslim brotherhood comes before citizenship and transcends national borders.

This statement is clearly against Malaysia’s national sovereignty because the PAS leader and his followers are colluding with a foreign individual against their fellow citizens.

Such behaviour is similar to treacherous individual elements in other countries inviting foreign elements to interfere in the internal affairs of a given country. Is this a prelude to other extremist preachers coming to this country and threatening its national existence? Zakir has basically interfered in the internal affairs of a sovereign nation.

Malaysia’s strength today is its diversity that was framed during independence and the wisdom of former prime ministers who created a balancing act by accommodating various ethnic groups in governance making it a unique Muslim-majority country to this day.

The strength of Malaysia’s independence and sovereignty is deeply imbued in a broader perspective of solidarity of multi-ethnic and religious society. It is not about Malay-Muslim dominance that is projected by PAS that seems to view its non-Muslims citizens as secondary. The backward thinking of PAS leaders disqualifies them from being part of national governance since they are easily accommodative to extremist foreign elements related to religion. Furthermore, the basis of PAS electoral contest is merely about reinforcing Malay-Muslim dominance and this goes against solidarity, common good and national sovereignty of Malaysia.

Therefore, it is vital for multi-ethnic and religious Malaysia to reject PAS ideology that threatens national sovereignty. The attitude of PAS leaders would invite foreign imperialist powers to take advantage of our current divisive politics for their geo-political games. This can be seen in Syria where domestic and external Islamist extremist movements colluded with countries like Saudi Arabia in collaboration with hegemonic powers like the United States to weaken the secular government of Bashar al-Assad.

Hadi’s ideology of religious exclusivity could invite such elements into this country. Is Hadi weakening our national sovereignty?

* Ronald Benjamin is Association for Community and Dialogue secretary.


  1. I can agree that Hadi's position of Ummah above Nation is dangerous.

    However , as to "Saudi Arabia in collaboration with hegemonic powers like the United States to weaken the secular government of Bashar al-Assad."
    Please don't try to sanitize the murderous , barbaric Assad regime as some kind of innocent victim of US manipulation.
    That is Bullshit. Assad was willing to, and did , do any and all dirty actions including chemical warfare and genocide to stay in power.

  2. Nothing new.

    We seem to have forgotten Jibby sold our sovereignty years ago, to Saudi Arabian royalty, for 681 pieces of silver (American Pies). That money was to ensure BN victory in GE13.

    Today our PM Toonsie is under the spell of a Saudi citizen, the Pied Piper of the Deep State.


    Zakir Naik wins case.

  4. The attitude of Ummah above Nation and Constitution is dangerous, but not a surprising stance for many Muslims.

    It is ironic , because these Zombies often question the loyalty of Non-Malays citizens , but they are the ones who, if push comes to shove, have loyalties to Ummah greater than to Country.

    That is why ,to this day, Singapore does not trust Malays to hold it's most sensitive senior military positions, or commands where the person acts on their own.

  5. critical thinking, the objective analysis and evaluation of an issue in order to form a rational judgement, many of our politicians act solely on race, religion and emotions, this will inevitably be our undoing no matter how infallible we think we are