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PAS trio will still meet president

 | December 27, 2011

The party has not changed its mind about the meeting between the president and the trio despite Hasan Ali's apology.

PETALING JAYA: Despite the apology from Dr Hasan Ali over the weekend, the troublesome PAS trio who have been hauled up to meet with party president Abdul Hadi Awang will do so as scheduled.

Party information chief Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man said the meeting will be held by the end of this week, but could not confirm the exact date or  if the trio will meet with Abdul Hadi simultaneously.

“I can’t divulge more details as I have just returned from overseas but I can say this, we will call the three. I can’t confirm the time but we hope to settle this by the end of this month,” he told FMT.

Tuan Ibrahim was asked if the party has changed its mind over the meeting following Selangor exco for religious affairs Hasan’s apology and retraction of the statements he made against the party.

Hasan, former party deputy-president Nasharudin Mat Isa and Selangor PAS information chief Saari Sungib were summoned to meet with Hadi following a series of public statements that tarnished the party.

In a strongly worded statement, Tuan Ibrahim said last week the trio will be hauled-up to explain so that the party will not have to “waste time” entertaining “excessive egos” and an “unwillingness to accept the decision of the (party) majority”.

Hasan’s refusal to toe the party line dominated headlines last week with the veteran politician slamming PAS for deviating from its Islamic struggle.

Resurrecting the sensitive Umno-PAS unity talks issue, the Selangor exco also said that he won’t mind being the middleman to bring the two arch-rivals together for the sake of Islam.

Following Hasan’s comments, another round of in-fighting surfaced. This time in the form of Nasharudin who also echoed that PAS has steered away from its original fight.

Saari is being hauled up due to his statement that Hasan received insufficient nominations to contest in the upcoming general election, which ignited talk that the latter may be dropped as a candidate.

‘Views of the grassroots’

Mid-last week, secretary-general Mustafa Ali made a stunning revelation that Hasan and Nasharudin may have had a secret meeting with Umno members without the Islamic party’s knowledge.

He also warned Hasan not to make damaging statements.

Following this, Hasan, the former Selangor party chief, apologised and retracted his statements but strongly denied that he met Umno members.

Hasan stressed that his statements are not his personal opinion but the view of the party’s grassroots who he claimed, feared that PAS may jeopardise its primary fight for Islam by accommodating its partners in Pakatan Rakyat.


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