PAS sacks Hasan Ali for undermining party

Sunday, 08 January 2012 15:02
Jan 8: PAS has sacked Selangor exco Dr Hasan Ali effective immediately, based on a decision by the Central Committee.In a short statement, PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang said the decision was reached based on a provision in Paragraph 82(9) of the party’s constitution.

Hasan has been in the limelight in recent weeks over his public criticisms of PAS policies aired through UMNO-owned media. In his latest remarks, Hasan lashed out at Selangor PAS for its decision to lend support to the rally at the Jalan Duta court complex on January 9, on a day a guilty verdict on Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim in the sodomy allegations is widely expected.

His call however was dismissed by top party leaders, including Hadi, who said he would attend the rally.

Click here to watch PAS president’s announcement on sacking

In an immediate reaction, PAS Youth chief Nasrudin Hassan expressed full support for the decision to sack Hasan. Saying the decision was reached through consultation, Nasrudin said Hasan’s sacking would serve as a challenge to the latter to prove his commitment to the Islamic struggle as he had repeatedly claimed.

Recalling the sacking of former PAS secretary general Abu Bakar Hamzah, Nasrudin said instead of turning against the party for the decision, Abu Bakar had stayed true to the struggle and had finally returned to party folds.

Anti-PAS statements

Hasan, a motivational speaker who joined PAS in the aftermath of Anwar’s sacking as former deputy prime minister in 1998, quickly rose to become a PAS vice president and was appointed Selangor PAS’s commissioner, until he was replaced by Dr Abdul Rani Osman last year.

AMONG FRIENDS … Hasan poses with staunchly pro-UMNO blogger Zakhir Mohamad (left) and Utusan Malaysia editor Zaini Hassan, at a Hari Raya gathering last year
The 65-year old Hasan, who had frequently appeared on television as host on officially-sponsored religious talk shows prior to his joining of PAS, won the Gombak Setia state seat in the 2008 general elections, before being appointed to head the state’s Islamic Affairs, Malay Customs, Infrastructure and Public Amenities portfolio.

His sacking today was said to be inevitable, following several statements to UMNO-controlled media, including one in which he spoke out against PAS’s ‘benevolent state’ concept mooted by the party in the presidential address during party Muktamar last year. Hasan also reportedly said that he felt in tune with sacked PKR member of parliament Zulkifli Noordin over several issues on Islam.

Hasan’s complaint among others was that the ‘professionals’ had outnumbered the ‘ulama’ in PAS, leading the Islamic party to deviate from its struggle. Later, PAS Murshidul Am Tuan Guru Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat told Harakahdaily that Hasan had met him and apologised for his outbursts. However, a day later, Hasan lashed out at Harakahdaily for misreporting and denied that his meeting had anything to do with his anti-PAS statements.

Earlier, his public statements criticising PAS were followed by a sharp rebuke from secretary general Mustafa Ali, who accused Hasan of dancing to UMNO’s tune in order to undermine PAS. He was also chided by vice president Mahfuz Omar who said Hasan was free to leave PAS, and by Muslimat wing’s deputy head Dr Siti Mariah, who described Hasan as a “cancer in PAS who is still well-loved”, lamenting the absence of any disciplinary action.

Under party constitution, Hasan can still appeal against the decision to the party’s Shura council, the party’s top decision-making body.

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