Hasan Ali sacked because he exposed corruption in Selangor government

 |Jan 19, 2017
In January 2012, Hasan Ali was sacked from PAS and removed as an exco member in the then Pakatan Rakyat Selangor government just because he exposed corruption in the state administration.
In January 2012, Hasan Ali was sacked from PAS and removed as an exco member in the then Pakatan Rakyat Selangor government just because he exposed corruption in the state administration.

Hasan Mohamed Ali of PAS won the Gombak Setia state seat in Selangor in the March 2008 general election and was appointed an executive councillor of Selangor.

However, Hasan, although a senior member of his party and of the Selangor government, was very vocal and criticised the government plus exposed the corrupt acts and abuse of power in the state.

Hasan’s critics then accused him of working for Umno and of being an Umno Trojan horse whose job is to bring down the Pakatan Rakyat state government.

They even said that if the Pakatan Rakyat state government can be brought down, Umno would reward Hasan with the post of Selangor menteri besar (MB).

In January 2012, at the insistence of DAP and PKR, Hasan was sacked from PAS and removed as an exco member in the Selangor government.

Hence ended the career of the PAS veteran who refused to keep quiet and kept exposing wrongdoings in the Selangor government.

Hasan mistakenly thought that freedom of speech includes freedom to criticise the opposition and their own friends in the coalition.

On March 26, 2012, The Malaysian Insider reported the Hasan Ali episode.

Mohd Arif Ab Rahman

Now, what is most interesting about The Malaysian Insider’s report is the fact that Hasan mentioned the state financial officer Mohd Arif Ab Rahman, which we wrote about yesterday.

It seems Mohd Arif has had a long-term relationship with Anwar Ibrahim and Selangor MB Azmin Ali since the days when Anwar was the finance minister and Azmin was his secretary.

According to Hasan, Arif received RM250,000 a year from state-owned firms to go on overseas holidays plus a monthly salary of RM100,000 for “being a silent director” in all these companies.

That is almost RM1.5 million a year on top of his government salary and perks.

What The Malaysian Insider did not dare publish was the allegation that Mohd Arif was the frontman or bagman for Pakatan Rakyat and was collecting money on their behalf, half of which he takes as his ‘commission’ or ‘finder’s fee’.

No one does business with Selangor unless there is a commission involved.

I know for a fact that a thick dossier of all these wrongdoings with all the evidence was handed to the MACC back in 2010.

I also received a copy of these documents and, in fact, had published some of them.

The MACC, however, decided not to do anything or NFA (no further action) with no explanation as to why it closed the file.

We can only assume it was because at that time the MACC was the fourth coalition member of Pakatan Rakyat.

On January 5, 2017, a blogger posted a story titled: Datuk Arif Pernah Didedahkan Rasuah Oleh Hasan Ali.

The talk amongst PAS members is that Hasan was unjustly sacked for exposing corruption and abuse of power in the Selangor government, and that those who got rid of him have since left PAS to join PAN a.k.a. Amanah, DAP’s Muslim party, and that it was DAP and PKR who forced PAS (now all in Amanah) to get rid of Hasan. – Malaysia Today

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Raja Petra Kamarudin or RPK, cousin to the Selangor Sultan, is one of Malaysia's earliest online 'citizen journalists'. He started his website in 1995 before the internet 'explosion' triggered by the Reformasi movement in September 1998. Malaysia Today was launched as a blog in August 2004 and is one of the few pioneer blogs still active and posting articles on a daily basis 24-7. RPK, 66 years old, has been writing since 1990.