Husam Musa is showing us what it means to be a member of a democratic political party - a party that will certainly encourage freedom of expression and opinion amongst its members. Disagreeing with other party members, or even having a differing view with the President or the Party is never wrong. In fact, in any democratic organisation, there will be a lot of expressions of disagreement with the leadership when you believe they are wrong.
In my opinion, UMNO and the BN culture may be different - because there, the moment that you express disagreement with the leadership, or even question leaders, you are penalised... Remember how Najib reacted when his Deputy questioned him? See how there may be 'ongoing investigation' with possible termination of membership because some may be wanting to get rid of Najib...?
Joining a society and political party should never mean losing your own views, opinions,...and your freedoms. You certainly do not always have to 'agree' and reiterate the views expressed by the leadership.
But in Malaysia, many do so...and some leaders also believe that they can do or say anything for so long as they stay in power until the next elections...
That is the kind of thinking that our BN and/or Najib is trying to propagate - do not protest, do not speak out against the government - do nothing now until the next General Elections when you can then freely vote in who you want. But for now, be 'loyal' support the leader of the day? [Sadly, this kind of thinking is also present in many other organizations..even some societies and trade unions..]
No - that is not the way. When you see something wrong today - you speak out and act today > and the target audience is always the public or the general membership of the party.
Secretly communicating with the leader of the party first is not a necessity...but as a matter of courtesy, some may do that. In any organization, the ultimate 'bosses' are all the members - never the leadership of the day.
Some may say, 'Do not do it publicly - wait for the AGM' - that, I believe, is a foolish suggestion > the issue today should be responded now, why delay?
In my opinion, what Husam Musa is doing now is great - and I hope all other members of organisation emulate him.
Joining a party or organization is never a surrender of one's freedom of expression or opinion, and certainly not a suppression of one's own principles and values.
An organization who sacks members who have a different view must ask itself whether it believes in democracy?
There are certain matters which a political party/organization may take a definite position - like the Opposition to the ISA and Detention Without Trial Laws. Now, if a member in the Executive Committee of the organisation makes a statement that he supports the ISA - then one may want to remove him from the Exco. BUT, when he makes the statement, he clearly states that it is his/her personal view and not that of the party, I see no problem. Nazri Aziz has come out a couple of times calling for the abolition of the death penalty - and when he does so, he states that it is his personal view not that of the government.
If he/she is not a member of the Exco - then there is nothing wrong with an expression of his/her view.
PAS - will they react like UMNO or some BN parties? Will disciplinary action be commenced? Or will they behave like a democratic party that respects freedom of expression?
Abdul Hadi Awang,PAS President:- Will he respond like Najib did with the RM2.6 billion issue? OR will he just answer the queries raised by Husam - and provide all of us a response...So, what will it be? Silence or transparency? All of us in Malaysia deserves an answer from Hadi?
I sincerely hope that he does not go to court and sue Husam for defamation, which I believe is not the right way. Just give us all an answer...
Husam standing his ground in PAS
Responding to a question at the ‘Demo Tanya, Ambo Jawab’ (You Ask, I Answer) dialogue session in Kota Baru today, the Salor assemblyperson said that no one has the right to order him to leave the party, including the PAS Dewan Ulama.
“Who are you, who am I? (Based on) my independent reasoning, I still choose to stay in this ‘ship’ (PAS) because the ship has not sunk.
“The Dewan Ulama PAS chief (Mahfodz Mohamed) is on the same level as I am. PAS is not owned by the Dewan Ulama, neither is it owned by me,” said Husam.
Mahfodz had recently said the party does not need any ‘wolves in sheep’s clothing’ and urged Husam to leave PAS and join Parti Amanah Negara, following his vocal criticisms of party president Abdul Hadi Awang.
In response to Mahfodz, Husam questioned why he should leave.
“What have I done wrong? Show me evidence of what I have done wrong based on the Quran, hadith (sayings of the prophet), ijmak (consensus of ulamak), and qiyas (analogy). That is how the Dewan Ulama should be thinking.
“He is now behaving like common people, like a gangster. Who are you? If he (Mahfodz) says ‘I am the Dewan Ulamak chief’, I will say ‘I am the PAS Kubang Kerian division chief’,” stressed Husam.
He also pointed out that he heads one of the strongest divisions in Malaysia.
“I should be the one telling people to leave. I have contested in three state seats and one Parliamentary seat. Alhamdulillah, I won.
“When I contested a parliamentary seat, besides (former prime minister) Dr Mahathir (Mohamad), I was the Malay candidate with the highest majority of votes, so I should be the one asking him (Mahfodz) to leave,” he said.
At the dialogue session attended by around 2,000 people, Husam also reiterated that there is nothing wrong with his criticisms of PAS leaders.