PETALING JAYA: Selangor executive councillor Datuk Dr Hasan Ali has been sacked from PAS with immediate effect, party organ HarakahDaily reported Sunday.
In a brief statement, PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang said the party's central committee's collective decision was reached based on a provision in Paragraph 82(9) of the party's constitution because of Hasan's actions, which were deemed detrimental to the party.
Dr Hasan, who is also former Selangor PAS commissioner and assemblyman for Gombak Setia, has been critical of PAS' leadership, particularly on the welfare state concept espoused by the party, which he said deviated from its original struggle of championing Islam.
PAS Youth chief Nasrudin Hassan, in an immediate reaction, expressed full support for the decision.
Dr Hasan can appeal against the decision to the Shura council, the party's top decision-making body.
Reacting to the party's action, Dr Hasan expressed shock and said he would be consulting his friends and religious scholars on his next course of action.
"I just received news of my sacking. I am very shocked with the drastic action by the PAS central working committee," said Dr Hasan in a statement.
"I am also sad that my struggles for Islam are repaid in this manner," he added.
Dr Hasan said he will be calling for a press conference "soon" to clarify his position.
Meanwhile, the Selangor Mentri Besar's political secretary Faekah Husin said the name of the new executive councillor would be submitted to the palace on Wednesday.
She said Dr Hasan should resign as the executive councillor as he was no longer a member of the Pakatan Rakyat component party.
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