Hasan Ali refutes allegations he is pursuing Umno’s agenda

(Bernama) – Former Selangor PAS commissioner Datuk Dr Hasan Ali on Saturday denied accusations by PAS secretary-general Datuk Mustafa Ali that he (Hasan) was pursuing Umno’s agenda.

“I refute any allegations of meetings between me and Umno leaders at the higher, lower or mid-levels at the time and date (Mustafa) mentioned.

“As the secretary-general of an Islamic-based party, he should not even utter such wild accusations,” he told a news conference at his home here Saturday.

Previously, Mustafa was reported as claiming that he had evidence to link that Hasan was working with Umno leaders to sabotage PAS.

Mustafa was quoted saying that he had knowledge of a meeting between Hasan, former PAS deputy president Nasharuddin Mat Isa and three other individuals at a hotel in the city last Ramadan.

Hasan, who is also Selangor Religious Affairs, Malay Culture, Infrastructure and Public Utility Committee chairman, urged Mustafa to clarify the accusations made against him.

“I want an explanation from him on when the secretary-general’s office set up an investigation unit at the PAS office.

“I also want to know the need for spying on members in the context of party unity,” he added.

In response to a question, Hasan said he had turned down an invitation from Pertubuhan Pribumi Perkasa Malaysia (Perkasa) president Datuk Ibrahim Ali to join the right-wing Malay movement as he really wanted to continue his struggle to uphold Islam and the Malays.

“I have no intention of doing so and plan to continue championing Islam, the Malay race and the royal institution,” he said.

On the accusation that he was using Umno-owned media to seek publicity for himself, Hasan said he was open towards working with the country’s media.

“I would like to say that I basically accept any media. It’s natural to choose a media that has power over us and the media is open enough to make room for people like me,” he said.

He claimed that PAS’ organ, Harakah, never allowed him to voice his opinion and preferred to feature other individuals besides party members.

Meanwhile, Hasan also said that he was withdrawing his statement regarding PAS’ welfare state concept he made at a news conference on Tuesday, admitting he went too far when commenting on the party’s struggles.