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 Datuk Seri 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 Datuk Seri Najib Razak who had been besieged with false allegations, innuendos and lies over the past several years.
In more recent times PAS President Datuk Hadi Awang had received his share of accusations from those who not too much earlier (Lim Kit Siang’s Pakatan opposition) was trying to woe back into their fold.
However, PAS President Hadi Awang knowing how quickly Lim Kit Siang and those who make up his DAP-led Pakatan opposition have turned on PAS, realizes 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 PAS President Hadi Awang and PAS have decided to avoid the hole.
Hadi Awang says the decision to work with those who have shared interest is “Mature Politics’. There is little doubt that Lim Kit Siang and his brooding DAP-led opposition will call something else.
The problem that Lim Kit Siang has now is that he cannot come out and criticise Hadi Awang to strongly as he still daydreams about securing Malay votes.
Lim Kit Siang will probably give the task of critiquing Hadi Awang to hirelings like Mat Sabu, Datuk Zaid Ibrahim. For Tun Mahathir part, he may wisely stay away from criticising Hadi Awang as he is already perceived by some as Lim Kit Siang’s ‘Toy boy’; to put it nicely (here)
We can almost expect Lim 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, BN) new cooperation, Hadi Awang has effectively fired the shot that was heard round the world! Okay, Malaysia!