Hadi: Perikatan to wait for next GE to ‘topple’ govt

PETALING JAYA: Perikatan Nasional is working to become the government by winning the next general election instead of looking to topple the current government, says Tan Sri Abdul Hadi Awang.

When asked by reporters if there were plans to put Perikatan in government, as claimed by Arau MP Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim, the PAS president said “at least not until the next general election”.

“Based on the influence we have now, we will ride on that,” he told the press outside the Sentul police headquarters after giving a statement over several police reports made against him.

The Marang MP said PAS would see the government’s actions and performance and the people’s response to the government of the day.

On Sunday (Dec 4), Shahidan reportedly claimed that there were plans to “topple” the government and put Perikatan in power.

He was also quoted as saying Perikatan was working towards “ensuring the Cabinet would not last long”.

On another matter, Abdul Hadi said Perikatan has decided on its choice of the Opposition leader and would make a statement about it later.

He also said that PAS would discuss with the respective mentris besar a suitable date to call for a state election in PAS-governed states.

Abdul Hadi also said he was ready for the next course of action after giving his statement related to his online statements.

He said the process went on smoothly, and he gave his full cooperation to the police.

“I’m ready for the next course of action, either in court or others; I am ready,” he said, adding that he was not told if he needed to return for another statement.

His lawyer, Wan Rohaimi Wan Daud, confirmed that Abdul Hadi was being investigated under Section 505 of the Penal Code for making inciteful statements and Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 for abuse of network services.