DAP claims good ties with PAS, blames Hassan Ali for beer dispute

By Asrul Hadi Abdullah Sani and Shazwan Mustafa Kamal, The Malaysian Insider

The DAP appeared today to put the blame for its dispute with PAS in Selangor on Datuk Hassan Ali by suggesting its Pakatan Rakyat (PR) partner's state chief had acted recklessly in the interest of Umno and Barisan Nasional (BN).

"State government leaders who openly defy party and coalition discipline and work in the interest of Umno and Barisan National must be harshly reprimanded, with stern action taken to not only ensure the continued viability of the Pakatan Rakyat coalition but also to restore public confidence in Pakatan Rakyat,” said DAP publicity secretary Tony Pua today.

Pua's outburst today came after Hassan had sent the PR government into a tailspin this week by openly calling for his colleague Ronnie Liu from the DAP to be stripped of his local government portfolio.

Liu, who is already under pressure over accusations from Umno that he was allegedly involved with criminal activities, had recently ordered Majlis Bandaraya Shah Alam (MBSA) officers to return beer unlawfully seized from a convenience outlet.

Despite the fact that the Shah Alam mayor had acknowledged the seizures were unlawful, Hassan had used the seizures to call for Liu's removal and start a campaign urging the state government to ban all open sales of alcoholic beverages in "Muslim-majority" areas.

“Dr Hassan’s reckless actions, which were taken without any consultation with either the state executive council or the state Pakatan Rakyat leadership, firmly begs the question of his hidden agenda,” Pua said today.

While Pua did not directly mention it, Hassan’s involvement in secret talks last year with Umno has not contributed to warm ties with the Islamist party's PR partners.

“What I’m talking about is what everyone is talking about. Everyone knows he has ambitions,” remarked Pua.

Pua believes that the current beer fiasco in Selangor will have an adverse effect on PR's campaign for the Permatang Pasir by-election in Penang if it is allowed to drag on.

The Petaling Jaya Utara MP said he was also “perplexed” as to how ties between PAS and DAP at the state level in Selangor have soured so dramatically.

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