PETALING JAYA - Violent episodes in the run-up to the PAS party election in June are instilling fears that political rivalry within the party is heating up.
In the latest incident early yesterday morning, PAS central committee member Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad sustained a swollen forehead and broken lips when two unidentified men hit him in front of his house in Shah Alam.
"I do not want to speculate. Let the police investigate. The assailant said jangan kurang ajar (don't be insolent)," said Dr Dzulkefly.
Dr Dzulkefly said he was attacked at the car porch at about 6.40am after returning from Suboh prayers.
"CCTV images taken from my neighbour's house show two relatively short individuals waiting beside a motorcycle some 100m from my house at about 6.33am.
"I forgot to close the automatic gate, as I remained seated in the car to read the Quran. Suddenly someone opened my car door and started punching me, and another hit me with a long black baton," he said, adding that his assailants had left an iron rod behind.
He said the perpetrators were wearing helmets and escaped using the motorcycle.
Coincidentally they were also wearing an "all black" outfit - the colour chosen for participants of the "#KitaLawan" rally scheduled on March 8. The rally aims to pressure the authorities to free PKR leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, who was jailed for sodomising his former employee Saiful Bukhari Azlan.
Dr Dzulkefly did not suffer any fractures but said he was still feeling dizzy when contacted in the afternoon.
On Feb 14, PAS election director Dr Mohd Hatta Ramli's four-wheel drive was found torched outside his home in Kuala Lumpur.
Both Dr Dzulkefly and Dr Hatta are labelled as Anwarinas in the party as they were perceived to be the mouthpiece of Anwar.
Dr Hatta came under intense criticism as the grassroots demanded action against him and party deputy president Mohamad Sabu for allegedly attempting to topple party president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang.
Dr Hatta and Mohamad Sabu are implicated in a Hawaii Five-O plot to topple the party president. Hawaii Five-O is the name of a Whatsapp chat group set up last year in the wake of the Selangor Mentri Besar crisis.
Following the spate of violence involving PAS leaders, police yesterday checked on Shah Alam MP and PAS central committee member Khalid Samad who had also ruffled some feathers.
"I appreciate the police for showing concern for my safety," said Khalid, who has drawn the ire of many pro ulama supporters.
PAS last saw an intense fight at the helm when attempts were made to boot then president Tan Sri Asri Muda out of the party in 1982.
Infighting in PAS usually ends up as a storm in a teacup as verbal quarrels rarely erupt into fist fighting and chair-throwing sessions.
Selangor PAS chief Datuk Iskandar Abdul Samad has instructed the state youth wing to provide protection for Dr Dzulkefly and other senior party leaders in the state.
Selangor PAS secretary Mohd Khairuddin Othman did not discount the possibility of a third party provoking internal squabbles, saying "we are certain the perpetrators are not our members in Selangor."
Meanwhile a group called Anak Didik Ayah Chik is calling for justice for a Harakah reporter whose salary was allegedly denied for supporting the ulama faction.
The group's spokesman Harun Abu claimed that jebon (jemaah buat onar) or troublemakers had hijacked Harakah and turned it into a PKR mouthpiece.
Harun claimed that the reporter who had written pro ulama articles had received threats and was denied entry into his office building.