PAS ready to face lawsuit over ‘UMNO hand’ in church affair


(Harakah Daily) – PAS president Tuan Guru Abdul Hadi Awang has given his backing to secretary general Mustafa Ali over the latter’s claim that UMNO had a hand in the controversy surrounding the Selangor Islamic Religious Department (JAIS) and the Damansara Utama Methodist Church (DUMC).

The claim has infuriated Selangor UMNO, who threatened to file a RM10 million suit against Mustafa if he refused to apologise. Mustafa however twice rejected the demand for apology, saying he had ample proof to be presented in court.

When asked by reporters, Hadi said the party was ready to face the defamation suit.

“We are ready. It’s their right to file the suit, and it’s our right to defend ourselves,” he added.

Earlier, Mustafa said he had wanted to present evidences of UMNO’s hand in the JAIS-DUMC affair at the scheduled meeting between JAIS officials and PAS leaders. The meeting however was cancelled by JAIS, while another meeting between PAS and DUMC was postponed at the latter’s request.

Mustafa had urged PAS members not to fall into UMNO’s trap in the JAIS-DUMC issue, saying he had reliable information that UMNO had a role in the JAIS operation during a dinner event at the church on August 3. Selangor UMNO has strongly denied the allegation.