Several PAS leaders have signed Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s “Malay People’s Proclamation” – a document which urged Malays to unite to “save” their race.
Photographs posted by Mahathir’s aide Abu Bakar Yahya depicted PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang signing the document. It is unsure when the signing took place.
“Several top PAS leaders led by Hadi signed the Malay People’s Proclamation in front of Mahathir,” wrote Abu Bakar on his Facebook page today.
Another photograph shared by Abu Bakar showed Terengganu Menteri Besar Ahmad Samsuri Mokhtar, PAS secretary-general Takiyuddin Hassan, and Bachok MP Syahir Sulaiman were present.
A video clip of the signing was posted on the Malay People’s Proclamation Facebook page where Hadi said he supported the proclamation based on Islamic principles.
“We must go back to the basic principles of the Islamic struggle. In the Quran, the prophet started the Islamic struggle at a time when humans operated based on race and religion,” said Hadi.
The Malay People’s Proclamation is a 12-point document which claimed that Malays never controlled the economy and have “lost” political control.
It goes on to state that the Malay race has to be “revived” and “saved” by uniting Malays by putting aside their political differences.
Meanwhile, FMT reported that three Bersatu leaders, namely the party’s deputy president Ahmad Faizal Azumu, information chief Razali Idris, and supreme council member Iskandar Dzulkarnain Abdul Khalid, have also signed the proclamation.
“The three of us had signed it when we attended a buka puasa event at Yayasan Perdana on behalf of Bersatu,” the portal quoted Razali saying.
He added that the proclamation should not be perceived as a racist document as it was an effort to unite the Malays.
Mahathir had intended to launch the document at a hotel, but the venue owners cancelled their booking.
The government was blamed for the cancelled event. Later, Mahathir took his campaign online, urging supporters to sign a Google document to show support instead.
Mahathir led the country as prime minister from 1981 to 2003 and again from 2018 to 2020. In 2022, he led Pejuang, a party he founded, and was routed in the Parliamentary election that year, failing to retain any candidate deposits. – Malaysiakini