Hadi’s impunity on “pill kuda” slander; Anwar no principles with his double standards
PKR de facto President Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim compelling Mohd Shamsul Mat Amin, the PKR candidate for the Bukit Besi state seat, to withdraw the RM2 million defamation suit against PAS President Dato’ Seri Hadi Awang shows his lack of credibility.
During the 2008 general election campaign, Hadi had accused Mohd Shamsul and other PKR candidates as a “pill kuda” (methamphetamines) dealers. Mohd Shamsul subsequently filed a defamation suit against Hadi and won a judgement in default. The court had ordered Hadi to pay Mohd Shamsul RM2million in damages. However, The Malay Mail Online (5 Mar 14) reported that “Anwar had requested Mohd Shamsul to withdraw the RM2 million defamation suit for the common good of the Pakatan.”
I pose to Anwar, if what Hadi uttered is true, then this is a serious situation. Anwar/PKR must explain why PKR had nominated drug dealers as candidates during the 2013 general election. Given that Anwar is the de facto power and if he is an impartial leader, he must bear the greatest responsibility for this.
However if Hadi’s utterances were inaccurate, then Mohd Shamsul suing him for defamation is entirely legitimate and reasonable. If Mohd Shamsul is indeed innocent, not only should Anwar fully support his party comrades, but also maintain the party's credibility. Why does Anwar as a PKR stalwart prefer to keep silent over Hadi’s slander? How would other PKR members feel then?
Furthermore, does Anwar doubt the words of his Bukit Besi candidate despite the evidence provided? Should the “common good of Pakatan” interfere with the judiciary’s decision or does Anwar prefer to ignore the truth?
Although Anwar keeps extolling that PKR will pursue justice for the people, his actions indicate that he practises different standards on different individuals. If a situation which might harm the “common good of Pakatan” as it involves a party’s supreme leader, Anwar opts for silence. There is no probe to pursue justice. However, if the scenario is to Barisan Nasional’s disadvantage, then PKR will preach that “justice cannot be compromised.”
The public must reject these speculative politicians who sacrifice principles in practising double standards. I call upon Kajang voters see through Anwar Ibrahim’s true colours and not be hoodwinked by his sweet talk and persuasive yet misleading speech.