KUALA LUMPUR, May 25, 2015:
Former Royal Malaysian Air Force officer Major Zaidi Ahmad said he was ready to be investigated for allegedly breaching party discipline while campaigning for the PAS elections. Zaidi is currently campaigning for Ahmad Awang, who is contesting for the PAS president’s post in the coming PAS Muktamar (general assembly) in June, as the latter’s special officer. Certain quarters claimed that the campaigning by Zaidi had caused unhappiness among the supporters of incumbent PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang.
Zaidi said supporters of Abdul Hadi had been calling for his sacking as they were unable to handle any criticism at all against their leader.
“It is normal for a candidate to promote his own strengths while highlighting the weaknesses of his opponents.
“For me, the sacking is not an issue as I am confident that I have not breached any party discipline, including prohibitions against slander and personal attacks,” he told The Rakyat Post.
He added PAS was in need of a new leadership to ensure that it survived and continued to gain support.
Zaidi also said that a new leadership would ensure that gains made under the late PAS spiritual leader Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat could be maintained while making sure that PAS remained in Pakatan Rakyat to face the next General Election.
Zaidi was a pilot instructor flying the F-5E fighter jet before he got into trouble for lodging a police report about the “indelible” ink during the 2013 General Election.
He lost his job when a military court found him guilty of breaking protocol over the indelible ink issue.
Some quarters in PAS are calling for the sacking of three popular PAS personalities for chastising the PAS leadership, according to Malay daily Sinar Harian.
Besides Zaidi, the two others are PAS Political Lajnah Youth chief Sulaiman Ibrahim, and PAS Muslimat central committee member, Wan Aishah Wan Ariffin.
Their criticisms on Whats App, a chat application, has since gone viral, leading to a few PAS members calling for the trio to be given the boot.
Sulaiman, who is also known as Leman Raja Lawak was reported to have said that the Whats App conversation was on the definition of scholars (Ulama) and said it was discussed respectfully.
“Certain ustaz (religious teacher) in PAS who are leaders have failed to carry out their responsibility as leaders of Islam as it also includes the concept of Islamic civilisation and politics.”
At the same time, Wan Aishah questioned why the party could not be criticised, even when an opinion was being expressed through online social media. “My comment was made on Whats App, surely it is alright to express one’s personal opinion on social media?” she was quoted as saying bySinar Harian.