Wan Azizah admits ‘feeling hurt’ by Hadi’s ‘personal attack’

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KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail yesterday admitted that she had been “slightly hurt” by the PAS president’s comments on her capabilities as the possible future Selangor menteri besar.

But she added that she respected his views and urged all not to respond to his comments, and instead focus on protecting the interests of the people.

“I was slightly hurt by the personal attacks against me even though I respect Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang’s opinion of my abilities and capabilities.

“However, I am not angry and I accept it as criticism so that I can improve myself, God willing,” she said in a statement.

“Thus, I advise all to no longer respond to the statement made by Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang. Our focus should be on protecting the people from the actions of Umno/Barisan Nasional.”

Last Friday, Abdul Hadi told a briefing for PAS members in Terengganu that the party’s decision not to pick Dr Wan Azizah as the next Selangor MB had nothing to do with her gender, but her capability as a leader because Selangor needed a strong leader.

His comments prompted PKR Wanita information chief Azura Aziz to label the PAS president a “chauvinist” who had betrayed his allies’ trust.

Selangor DAP vice-president Teng Chang Khim also belittled Abdul Hadi’s own track record as  menteri besar and party president.

However, Dr Wan Azizah yesterday extended her gratitude to Hadi and his family for helping her since 1999.

“I pray that Hadi lives a long life and that Allah helps our battle and gives us victory,” she said.

She added that any developing and maturing society would continue to face a variety of tests, and the “recent political developments” were part of the process. — The Malaysian Insider

This article first appeared in The Edge Financial Daily, on September 9, 2014.