The shot that was heard round the world is a phrase from a poem by Ralph Waldo Emerson about the Battle of Lexington and Concord.
Emerson’s words read, “Here once the embattled farmers stood / and fired the shot heard round the world.”
PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang’s proclamation that cooperation with Barisan Nasional was perhaps not the shot heard around the world, but certainly heard around Malaysia; news that made one of Lim Kit Siang’s nightmares a reality.
You can probably surmise the other.
It does not take much insight to see the analogy between the embattled farmers and Prime Minister Najib Razak, who had been besieged with false allegations, innuendos and lies over the past several years.
In more recent times Hadi has received his share of accusations from those who not too much earlier – Kit Siang’s Pakatan Harapan – was trying to woe back into their fold.
However, Hadi knowing how quickly Lim Kit Siang and those who make up his DAP-led Pakatan opposition have turned on PAS realises that they are not to be trusted.
It is much like a person putting their hand in a hole and getting bit by a snake; that same person would deem it to be wise to not put their hand back in that hole or to avoid the hole altogether.
It seems that Hadi and PAS have decided to avoid the hole.
Hadi says the decision to work with those who have shared interest is “mature politics”.
There is little doubt that Kit Siang and his brooding DAP-led opposition will call something else.
The problem that Kit Siang had now was that he cannot come out and criticise Hadi to strongly as he still daydreams about securing Malay votes.
Kit Siang will probably give the task of critiquing Hadi to hirelings like Mohamad ‘Mat’ Sabu and Zaid Ibrahim.
For Mahathir Mohamad part, he may wisely stay away from criticising Hadi as he was already perceived by some as Kit Siang’s ‘toy boy’; to put it nicely.
We can almost expect Kit Siang’s DAP-led Pakatan opposition to fabricate some more stories with the sole purpose of trying to create a wedge between the growing cooperation between PAS and Barisan Nasional.
Because in his announcing this PAS-Barisan new cooperation, Hadi has effectively fired the shot that was heard round the world! – The Malaysian Observer Blog