Hasan denies report

(The Star) – PAS rebel Datuk Dr Hasan Ali has denied that he was in Kota Baru to apologise to PAS spiritual leader Datuk Nik Aziz Nik Mat over his remarks against the party hours after the Harakahdaily claimed he had done so.

Former Selangor PAS Commis­sioner Hasan pointed out that he had already retracted his comments regarding the welfare state issue during a press conference at his residence on Dec 24 and had apologised to the party leaders at the same time.

In a statement last night, he said he was disappointed with Harakahdaily which had been reminded many times not to twist facts which could create confusion and disunity.

He clarified that he had been invited to attend a gathering involving former PAS deputy president Nasharudin Mat Isa along with PAS deputy spiritual leader Datuk Dr Haron Din and Nik Aziz at the Mentri Besar’s home at JKR 10 Kota Baru.

“The gathering went smoothly and it was pleasant and sincere.

“Among the things touched upon during the gathering were the party’s direction, preparation for the 13th general election and Harakah’s path as the party’s official voice,” said Hasan.

He pointed out that they had given their views on how to strengthen the party’s development and the rakyat’s support.

Hasan also stated that he was moved by the recognition shown by the leadership in his mission to elevate Islam in the country.

Harakahdaily had quoted Nik Aziz as saying that Hasan had withdrawn all his statements criticising the party after a meeting with the party’s top leaders in Kota Baru on Tuesday night.

Both Hasan and Nasharudin have been embroiled in a war of words with party colleagues for questioning the party’s direction under the new crop of non-ulama leaders.

Hasan also drew flak for pushing for a revival of unity talks between PAS and arch-rival Umno.

The spat got to a point where some top leaders told him that he was free to leave the party to join the other side.