The rakyat biasa who breaks the law, pays a fine and/or goes to jail. Privileged PAS politicians, like Khairuddin escape scot-free. Police investigations are still ongoing! Wahhh… the kes is so complex! Or waiting till we lose interest? Or forget?

For years, PAS claimed they were protectors of Islam and defenders of the Malays. The Minister for Plantation Industries and Commodities, Khairuddin Aman Razali, has proven them wrong.

It is insane to think that a politician can be termed a “hero” when he returns from an overseas jolly with his wife, then plays Russian-roulette with other people’s lives. That politician is nothing but a selfish and arrogant individual, who thinks that his position in government will protect him.

A hero is someone who dedicates his life to protecting others in an effort to make the world a better place. During this Coronavirus pandemic, the true heroes are our front-liners – doctors, nurses, hospital cleaners, the armed forces and policemen.

It is easier to get blood out of a stone, than a straight answer from a PAS politician. Do PAS MPs have a problem with reality, with reporters’ probing questions, with the rule of law, with the ministerial code of conduct, or with upholding their responsibilities as law-makers?

The ongoing political drama with Khairuddin who refused to observe Malaysia’s self-quarantine rules on his return from Turkey, cannot be forgotten. The police investigation is taking a longgggggggggggg time to complete. What on earth is happening?

Nevertheless, instead of censuring him, many PAS politicians tripped over themselves, trying to justify their colleague’s abuse of power.  

On 1 September, PAS president, Hadi Awang, skilfully dodged a reporter’s question about Khairuddin’s transgression, by talking about morals.

Hadi is the last person who should lecture us on morals.

He stuck the knife into Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail’s back when she was nominated by Pakatan Rakyat (PR), to be Mentri Besar of Selangor.

Hadi denied having talks about forming a unity government with the felon, Najib Abdul Razak’s Umno-Baru, whilst pretending that PAS was a loyal coalition partner in PR.

Last November, Hadi expressed his support for former PM, Dr Mahathir Mohamad but three months later, was safely  installed as Muhyiddin Yassin’s right-hand man, after the Sheraton coup.

A minister who does not care if he breaks the law, or how many people he could have infected or in the worst case, killed

Khairuddin deliberately put the health and lives of others at risk. He did not act with any morality. Perhaps, PAS or Hadi’s definition of morality is far removed from ours.

If a DAP politician had failed to observe the quarantine rules,  he and his party would have been crucified.

Hadi should come off his moral high ground and realise that anyone who breaks the law, is in breach of the moral code.

He said, “If they commit a sin that is contrary with Islam and morals, we will fire them.”

Isn’t breaking the law a sin? As a minister, Khairuddin’s conduct reflected badly on PAS. 

Politicians who think that politics and morals are mutually exclusive are dangerous people. Remember the former British PM, Tony Blair? As a committed and practising Christian, Blair would have believed in the sanctity of life, and yet, he took Britain to war against Iraq, based on a lie.

Politics and morals cannot be treated as separate entities.

The PAS spiritual leader, Hashim Jasin, made the bizarre claim that Khairuddin was a “hero”. In addition, Hashim shifted the blame, onto the Ministries of Health and Foreign Affairs, for their negligence.

Hashim’s definition of hero is not the same as ours. Someone who failed to self-quarantine, was economical with the truth and risked the health and lives of others, cannot be considered a “hero”.

PAS’ vice-president, Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man’s comparison of Khairuddin with lorry drivers and pilots, was both demeaning and unfair.

It also showed his lack of understanding of those who work for a living.

Both professions are excluded from quarantine but must adhere strictly to the rules imposed on them for doing their jobs during the Coronavirus pandemic. The lorry drivers and pilots perform a vital role in keeping the economy and nation running, but if Khairuddin was missing from government, it is doubtful if anyone would notice or feel his loss.

It is incredible that none of the senior PAS politicians showed good judgment and common sense. Instead of putting themselves in the shoes of the rakyat, they hemmed and hawed,  and dug a deeper hole whilst trying to justify Khairuddin’s crime. Nothing was mentioned about breaking the law, about the lack of professionalism or Khariduddin’s lack of humility.

The Islam that was taught by my parents and elders, is similar to the version learnt by many of my Muslim relatives and friends. Those teachings do not gel with the version of Islam promoted by PAS.

Khairuddin’s actions cannot be made halal with terms like “morality” or “heroism”. He was also economical with the truth.

There is another way of seeing the Khairuddin fiasco.

It is not just the story of a minister who broke the law and thought that he could appease the crowd by paying a fine, and making an apology. He was only forced to do these, because of the public outrage.

This is also the story of the silence of the majority of Muslims. The ones who are quietly furious with Khairuddin and PAS’ lame excuses, but dare not speak out.

Where is the public condemnation of the wannabe clerics masquerading as politicians, who have tarred the religion, and the reputation of the Malays? Where are the learned muftis to denounce Khairuddin’s wrongdoing?

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