Hadi sends 'letter of gratitude' to Selangor Sultan after royal rebuke

KUALA LUMPUR: Pas president Tan Sri Abdul Hadi Awang has sent a letter of "Menjunjung Kasih" to the Sultan of Selangor Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah.

In a short statement posted on the Marang member of parliament's Facebook, it said that the letter, dated yesterday was handed to Sultan Sharafuddin's Private Secretary Datuk Muhamad Munir Bani.

"It is informed that a letter of 'Menjunjung Kasih' to the Sultan of Selangor's Private Secretary, dated March 4. Menjunjung Kasih Tuanku," read the post.

On Feb 29, Sultan Sharafuddin expressed displeasure at Hadi for the latter's recent statements which were directed to religious scholars, lawyers, judges, members of parliament, State Legislative Assemblies and the Malay rulers.

The ruler was referring to Hadi's statement titled 'The Stature of Islam Must Be Defended' on Feb 20 on the news portal.

In the news report, Munir said a letter was sent to Selangor Pas Commissioner Datuk Dr Ab Halim Tamuri dated Feb 27.

"Among the essence of the letter, His Majesty described Hadi, who made an open statement on social media as not having thoroughly understood or read the message contained in His Majesty's speech during the meeting of the Malaysian National Council for Islamic Religious Affairs (MKI) on Feb 15.

"This is especially about the decision of the Federal Court in the Nik Elin (Zurina Nik Abdul Rashid's) case which challenged the validity of 16 criminal provisions in the Kelantan Syariah Criminal Enactment 2019.

"Hadi's cynical statement indirectly linked His Majesty's speech with the attitude of rulers, who need to possess a vision towards Judgement Day and not merely pursue worldly interests; and this statement is very inappropriate and uncivilised from the point of view of Malay culture, which is all about respecting and maintaining good manners when voicing one's opinion and advice towards the Malay rulers.

"Hadi's statement is not only confusing but could create uneasiness which could ultimately lead to disunity among Muslims, especially among the Malays in this country," he said.

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