What is the real problem Dr Hassan Ali? Some bad advice…? (updated)
Thursday September 24, 2009
Hasan Ali should not have publicly criticised Selcat, say fellow reps
By G. MANIMARAN and WINNIE YEOH
PETALING JAYA: Selangor executive councillor Datuk Dr Hasan Ali from PAS has come under fire from his colleagues over his criticism of the Selangor state assembly’s Select Committee for Competency, Accountability and Transparency (Selcat).
Several PAS leaders said Dr Hasan, who is also the party’s Selangor commissioner and involved in the creation of Selcat a year ago, should have not publicly questioned the body and put the state’s interest last.
PAS vice-president Datuk Mahfuz Omar said the issue should not have been brought up in this manner and it was tantamount to attacking the principle of separation of powers.
“Selcat is connected to the legislative arm of the Government and there are elements of separation of powers between executive and legislative matters. It should have not been brought up,” he said.
Dr Hasan had hit out at Selcat, which is chaired by Selangor state assembly Speaker Teng Chang Khim, for “grilling” senior civil servants over allocations.
Mahfuz, who is Pokok Sena MP, said as a member of the administration, Dr Hasan should have an understanding about the principle.
“I believe if he really understands, such problems would not arise. I do not know if he understands this aspect or not.
Mahfuz said any party being investigated would never be happy with the investigation procedures.
“Those who are being questioned want first-class treatment,” he said, adding that Dr Hasan as a member of the executive should advise any senior government officer involved in investigations to take action against Selcat if they are not happy.
He cited the case of Puchong MP Gobind Singh who brought his suspension from Parliament to the court to be settled.
Shah Alam MP Khalid Samad, who is a PAS central committee member, said Dr Hasan should have played the role as a member of a Selangor “state team”.
“He should have reflected a team spirit even though he wasn’t happy with the decision that was made and not make a personal statement.
“He should have not made such a statement,” he said.
In GEORGE TOWN, DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng said it was unusual for Dr Hasan to suggest a revamp when he had approved the legislation to set up Selcat at the Selangor Legislative Assembly.
“If this law was not right, then why did he approve it? He should be fully aware of the extent of his power and nature of his duties. It appears that he doesn’t understand the situation,” Lim said yesterday.
He also said it was more appropriate for Dr Hasan, to bring up the matter internally rather than making it public.
Toe the line
or get out
By V. Shankar Ganesh
KLANG: Pressure is mounting on Selangor Pas state commissioner Datuk Dr Hasan Ali to leave Pakatan Rakyat for his inability to “conduct himself as a team player”.
As the fallout from Hasan’s criticism of the Select Committee on Competency, Accountability and Transparency (Selcat) continues, the menteri besar has also been urged to write to the Pas leadership demanding answers for Hasan’s behaviour.
Pas’ Shah Alam member of parliament Khalid Samad said if Hasan could not function as a team player in the PR government, he should do the right thing and leave.
He said the Pas leadership should also evaluate Hasan’s performance as the state Pas chief and an executive council member as he constantly raised issues that made the coalition look unstable.
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“He should be reprimanded by the Pas leadership for his actions,” Khalid said when contacted yesterday.
He said Hasan’s statements were viewed as Selangor Pas’ stand but that was not the case as they were never discussed at any party meeting.
Hasan was in the news after he criticised Selcat proceedings. Selcat had called up district officers to explain how allocations of RM500,000 each to each assemblymen by the previous state administration had been disbursed within the first two months of last year.
Hasan had complained that Selcat was bullying and victimising the officers.
He also said Selcat should be revamped.
Parti Keadilan Rakyat vice-president and Hulu Kelang assemblyman Azmin Ali said Menteri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim should send a letter to the Pas leadership asking for an explanation.
“He must demand an explanation on Hasan’s attitude which is contrary to the Pakatan spirit of cooperation.”
Azmin said it should also be brought up in the PR presidential council meeting.
He added that he did not know whether it was mere coincidence or deliberate that Hasan’s actions, in bringing up issues such as beer sales or Selcat, came during by-elections.
The beer issue happened during the Permatang Pasir by-election while the Bagan Pinang by-election is next month.
Klang MP Charles Santiago, from the DAP, also said that Hasan should leave the coalition if he felt he could not agree with its decisions.
He said Hasan should stop playing the race card by trying to show that he was fighting for the Malays.
Santiago said Hasan seemed to be portraying himself as a Malay champion against Selcat chairman Teng Chang Kim.
Pas’ Tumpat MP Datuk Kamaruddin Jaffar said calling up senior civil servants to testify was normal parliamentary practice.
Kamaruddin, a second-term Parliament Public Accounts Committee member, said even ministers and the attorney general had appeared before the PAC.
“There were no complaints then.
“There is no issue of bullying or treating them like schoolchildren,” added the former Pas secretary-general.
In the case of Selcat, he said, calling up district officers could be termed as normal.
PKR supreme council member and fellow state executive councillor Dr Xavier Jayakumar said Hasan had crossed the line once too often and something must be done to stop this.
Hasan could not be reached for comment.
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Even Dr Hasan’s party colleague Saari Sungib, who is a Selcat member, has distanced himself, saying that the former should be referred to the House Privileges Committee for making public outbursts.
PKR exco member Yaakob Sapari denied any cracks, saying the group practised freedom of speech and encouraged people to speak up.
“We are allowed to say anything we want and air our views. There’s no problem among us,” he said, pointing out that Dr Hasan’s voicing of opinion should not be misconstrued as trouble.
Dear Pakatan Selangor, I believe you guys in Selangor need to sling the cane to those odd one out of the state government.
I suppose that certain fanatical member of PAS in Pakatan Selangor still trying to impose their sets of rules. Anyhow,I believe there are more moderate minded members in PAS, please tell your buddy he is making a liability out of Pakatan coalition.
More spillings internally is jeopardising Pakatan’s control over Selangor and the chances of ruling the whole Malaysia.
It is good point that yesterday’s column by Karim in The Star has highlighted, peoples that made such situation, has put middle-class, educated and moderate Malays, in a very displace and disorientated position.
Not much hope of getting UMNO being clean/respectable/capable. While it is difficult to get people like Hasan to respect other’s freedom or human rights. Only in the middle is PKR.
Either this Hasan has to be disclipined or being shown the way out of the door. Objectively is to stop him from further damaging the still very young Pakatan coalition.
It seems PAS is very immature or incapable at their Youth’s front. Not even ruling the country, they are trying to sets so much rules. Yet, UMNO Youth’s has been buying over and getting more of those Rempits and jobless youth to join over. Afterall they were lead by the country biggest Rempits.
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The problem of Hasan Ali (Updated 7.05pm)
By Deborah Loh
PETALING JAYA, 25 Sept 2009: Will the PAS leadership take action against the party’s Selangor commissioner Datuk Dr Hasan Ali for undermining Pakatan Rakyat (PR)?
Senior party leaders are unhappy with Hasan and Selangor PAS secretary Mohd Khairuddin Othman who backed his boss, Hasan, by saying that the party was ready to pull out of PR in Selangor if all its elected representatives agreed.
“The secretary had no right to say that. PAS has rules about such decisions and we are committed to staying in Pakatan. Even as the state commissioner, Hasan has no right to decide to pull out on his own,” party vice-president Salahuddin Ayub told The Nut Graph today.
Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad
PAS central committee member Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad said such statements should not be allowed at a time when PR was in the midst of becoming a formal coalition.
He also hinted that the next central working committee meeting could possibly decide on action against Hasan, who is an executive councillor in the Selangor government.
“He should not be allowed to repeatedly make comments that undermine Pakatan. He should also remember that he is state commissioner by appointment. He was not elected,” Dzulkefly told The Nut Graph in a phone interview today.
The latest of Hasan’s controversial statements was on the state government’s Select Committee on Competency, Accountability and Transparency (Selcat). Selcat has been questioning district officers about the spending of allocations by Barisan Nasional (BN) assemblypersons in two months just before the March 2008 general election.
While Hasan said he supported Selcat’s intentions, he publicly criticised the manner in which the questioning was conducted, suggesting that the district officers had been treated like schoolchildren. He also suggested that Selcat members should comprise non-politically aligned persons like retired judges.
Mohd Khairuddin’s statement trigged the possibility of a hung assembly similar to Perak when three assemblypersons left PR to become BN-friendly independents.
PAS has eight state seats in Selangor, while Parti Keadilan Rakyat has 15 and DAP 13. BN has 20 seats and needs exactly eight more to have the 56-seat assembly hang.
Several attempts by The Nut Graph to contact Hasan proved futile.
Hasan Ali (illustration by Lainie Yeoh)
Prior to this, Hasan has been in the spotlight for attempting to ban the sale of beer in Muslim-majority areas. He had also asked for fellow executive councillor Ronnie Liu‘s portfolio to be changed after accusing the DAP elected representative of interfering in a local council seizure of beer from a 24-hours convenience store in Shah Alam. However, a licence is not required for the sale of beer, unlike liquor.
The beer sales spat between Hasan and Liu ended with the state government deciding to let convenience stores in Shah Alam practice self-regulation. Soon after, however, Hasan said he wanted to empower mosque officials to arrest Muslims if they drank alcohol. Hasan was then summoned by the Sultan of Selangor to explain the matter but the outcome of that meeting is not known.
In all these actions, Hasan is seen as attempting to undermine the cohesiveness of the Selangor PR government, something Dzulkefly does not deny.
“You cannot avoid perceiving it that way, can you?” Dzulkefly said.
He also took Mohd Khairuddin to task for claiming that Selangor PAS was willing to leave the PR alliance.
Dzulkefly said he had received text messages from PAS members in Perak, who were concerned at the possible scenario of a hung assembly following Hasan’s defiance and Mohd Khairuddin’s statement.
“He has no authority to say that. He is only an office-bearer at the state level. They must realise that they are in government because they are in a coalition. They should know that PAS alone could not have won. We cannot betray the trust of the rest of the coalition.”
“We understand the anxiety. The central committee is united that something must be done.”
Separately, Selangor Menteri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim in a press statement today said the issues Hasan raised about Selcat would be addressed internally in a meeting on Monday, 28 Sept 2009.
Khalid is calling Selcat, the executive councillors and the district officers involved in the Selcat inquiries to the meeting for all parties to raise their concerns.
“I believe the issue is merely one of miscommunication between the above parties and therefore will be addressed internally.
“I am also confident that all parties are professional enough to understand the scope of responsibility that each of them holds and that they are able to work as a team to ensure that the state operates efficiently and effectively,” he said.
Remember the unity talks?
Hasan has not always had a smooth working relationship with PKR and DAP colleagues over his Islamist stance.
Condemnation of him is the strongest this time around. Selcat chairperson and Selangor assembly Speaker Teng Chang Kim said Hasan was “the only problem” in PR Selangor government. DAP’s Klang Member of Parliament Charles Santiago called for Hasan’s removal as PAS state chief and executive councillor. DAP Jelutong MP Jeff Ooi also said Hasan should be given the sack lest he “help[s] Umno stage a Perak-like coup d’état”.
After the opposition won Selangor in the 2008 general election, Hasan had reportedly discussed the possibility of a pact with the BN’s Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Khir Toyo, the former Selangor menteri besar.
Salahuddin does not deny this, but said that those “were just talks. It doesn’t mean he will join Umno”.
That incident was more than a year ago, and in the interim, Hasan’s other statements have spotlighted Selangor as the next PR state to fall into disarray after Perak. Interestingly, none of the more senior PAS leaders have publicly attempted to keep Hasan in line despite commitments to the national-level PR pact.
Bearing in mind that the top two PAS leaders were themselves supportive of unity talks with Umno, whatever reprimand Hasan receives, or not, will speak of the level of commitment to the PR pact.