Tuesday, May 14, 2019

The Dedak Cartel Within PAS

On Monday, PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang (right) denied giving his blessings to his son-in-law and party member Zaharudin Muhammad to unmask the so-called “dedak” (bribery) cartel within the party. 

Not only disavowing what he had said but Hadi also informed that Zaharudin will be referred to the disciplinary committee. Hadi himself claimed it was an old issue that had already been settled.

The day before, Zaharudin wrote a Facebook post where he highlighted the audio recording of Bachok MP Nik Abduh Nik Abdul Aziz discussing UMNO’s funding of the Islamist party. 

Zaharudin (left) was insistent that his public disclosure of the alleged group within the Islamist party that purportedly took funds from former foe UMNO was a pre-emptive move. He claimed he did it so that the party will not be dragged down along with UMNO. 

And so, he made the revelation in order to distance the party’s leadership from the five operatives who are the “dedak cartel” – identifying them by using their nicknames “Dr Hussam II, Mr NT, Mr KT, Mr KH, Semua dah tahu”. 

Interestingly, he also maintained that the PAS president had given him the go-ahead to expose the existence of the group. But wait a sec – Hadi made a denial. 

Who to believe? Who cares? All I know is that PAS are telling Malaysians that they are an untrustworthy bunch of hypocrites, liars and bribe receivers. 

Methinks the PAS president is working hard to shield himself. So, I won't be surprised if Hadi organizes a purge. Of course, there will be bloodletting.

Last evening, I was at the SJMC Toastmasters meeting in Subang Jaya, Selangor.

I had been given a speaking slot and therefore, I presented a CC #7 speech titled “Stay Slim, Eat Rice”. 

I was also a speech evaluator for an Advanced speech as well as a Table Topics participant. 

It may have been a meager group but it was still a Toastmasters meeting. 

BTW, I took another photo of me holding up my fifty-seventh copy of the Competent Communication manual:

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