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Stop making public complaints, Pakatan told

 | February 24, 2011

Penang PAS says it cannot act against former Penang PAS Youth head Muhammad Hafiz Nordin for his controversial political activities without due process.

GEORGE TOWN: Penang PAS wants all members, who are unhappy with Pakatan Rakyat policies, to discuss their grievances internally instead of using non-governmental organisation (NGO) platforms.

Deputy state commissioner III Dr Mujahid Yusof Rawa said there was a need to maintain strong discipline and loyalty, bearing in mind the current political situation.

He said sentiments were at an all-time high in the state, especially with certain groups propagating the politics of hatred through race and religion.

Mujahid was responding to the increasingly suspicious role of former Penang PAS Youth head Muhammad Hafiz Nordin in political activities which are said to be against Pakatan policies and its leadership here.
Muhammad Hafiz was apparently part of a group of Malay NGOs here who had protested against the publication of the controversial “myBalikPulau” news bulletin before burning several copies of it.

Some PAS national veterans, who preferred not to be named, have called for Hafiz to be removed from the party as his actions have generated uneasiness within Pakatan here.

Mujahid said that taking disciplinary action in the Islamist party was a lengthy process.

“We cannot simply remove a member. There is due process.

“First, there must be a formal complaint lodged from a member who belongs to the same division as the accused.

“Then, the state management committee would deliberate before forwarding it to the national central commitee,” he said.

Mujahid added that if indeed there was cause for further action, including sacking, then the matter would subsequently be handed over to the disciplinary board chaired by party president Abdul Hadi Awang.

No complaints yet

Mujahid said that thus far, despite the rumblings against Hafiz, there have been no formal complaints lodged against him.

“No formal complaint about Hafiz has come to us yet. I must say again that PAS is not involved in any of Hafiz’s (rogue) activities.

“All members must resolve any unhappiness within the party and not outside,” he said.

Hafiz, a vice-chairman of the Penang branch of National Ulama (clerics) Association, is a prominent preacher whose father had served as a loyal lieutnant of former PAS president, the late Yusof Rawa.

Hafiz, however, could not be reached for comment.

Mujahid also said PAS condemned Umno for politicising the publication of the “myBalikPulau” bulletin.

He said the party supported the state government’s decision to take libel action against Pulau Betong assemblyman Muhammad Farid Saad for giving the impression that the state government was behind the publication and distribution of the bulletin.

Mujahid also appealed to the press to give fair coverage in Penang, especially media organisations linked to Umno.

The portrayal of many events is misleading including the handling of reports concerning demolition of illegal hawker sites, he said.

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