Hasan Ali — PR member?

(The Nut Graph)

On Selcat

"Our aim is to restore confidence among the public and there is a need for an independent committee to probe into the misused state allocations. But there is an oversight in the formation of Selcat, as it is simply not seen as independent, all because the seven panel members are politicians."

Selangor PAS commissioner Datuk Dr Hasan Ali, calling for a revamp of Selangor's Select Committee on Competency, Accountability and Transparency (Selcat). Selcat was set up by the Pakatan Rakyat (PR) state government to regulate and inspect the Selangor government and its agencies. Hasan is also the state's Islamic affairs committee chairperson. (Source: Selcat must be replaced by committee of eminent persons: PAS commissioner, The Star, 20 Sept 2009)

"Recent investigations which involved senior state government officers clearly showed that Selcat needs to revamp its procedures and techniques. Investigations which involved degrading methods that affect the dignity of the people being questioned and elements of pressure did not reflect the philosophy of Selcat."

Hasan again. The Selangor PAS chief has since been lambasted by his PR colleagues for publicly criticising Selcat especially since as state assemblyperson, he was also responsible for approving the legislation to set up Selcat. PAS's Khalid Samad, who is Shah Alam Member of Parliament, has said that Hasan should have played his role as a member of Selangor's "state team". (Source: Hasan sticks to his guns on committee, The Star, 24 Sept 2009)

"We can't have a panel that chooses to pound district officers with questions with the aim of milking a statement. It is unacceptable and abhorrent. No one should engage, collude or condone such methods of investigation."

Hasan, commenting on Selcat's "grilling" of district officials during their inquiry on the disbursement of state funds before the 2008 general election. Selcat is probing allegations that some  Barisan Nasional assemblypersons had allegedly used up their entire RM500,000 annual allocation for their constituencies in just two months before the March 2008 general election. Klang district officer Bakhtiar Husin had issued a press statement accusing Selcat of political opportunism and of humiliating him during the inquiry. (Source: Selcat must be replaced by committee of eminent persons: PAS commissioner, The Star, 20 Sept 2009)

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