LAST night I attend the first ceramah at Permatang Janggus. The main attraction was of course PAS President Tok Guru Hadi Awang. I visited his home in Maran with RPK and Tun Salleh Abbas during the KT by-elections early this year. I came away humbled by this visit. However I seem to miss all his ceremahs during the recent by-elections. And when I had this opportunity last night, I nearly missed it. We had not slept the previous night having arrived in Butterworth in the wee hous of Monday morning, drank loads of teh tariks waiting to take the road to the Nomination Centre. As suchI was tempted to give this ceremah a miss and
Tok Guru Hadi’s flawless oratory reminded me of boxer extraordinaire Mohammad Ali aka Cassius Clay. Tok Guru Hadi moved around his subject, which happened to be UMNO, rope-a-doped about UMNO’s current obsession to do a Perak on Selangor, relentlessly dazed the audience with some speed-shuffles, floated like a butterfly (over the issues) and stung like a bee when he declared over the recent tiff over beers in Shah Alam: What big problem? We talked over this for a while and everything is solved.
I came away with a strong conviction that no way was this man going to bed with UMNO. Not now, not ever. I slept well on that when we finally hit the sack around 3:00am.