“It should be easy after this if we would assume that anything reported by this portal must be fake news unless they can provide clear proof of its information. If not, we will forever be fooled by such portals because ethics is the last thing on their list”
KUALA LUMPUR: An aide to PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang denied today a recent report on alleged power struggle between its top two leaders, which he deemed as disinformation.
Citing a report by The Malaysian Insight on Tuesday, Hadi’s political secretary Dr Ahmad Samsuri Mokhtar told readers to assume that reports carried by the portal are fake news unless proof is provided.
“Why is it that we are always easily fooled by malicious news — twisted and filled with lies from this portal?” said a brief statement on Hadi’s official Facebook page, signed with Samsuri’s name.
“It should be easy after this if we would assume that anything reported by this portal must be fake news unless they can provide clear proof of its information. If not, we will forever be fooled by such portals because ethics is the last thing on their list.”
The report, titled “Potential PAS power play as Tuan Ibrahim rehires ousted leader”, was referring to Datuk Mustafa Ali, who was the party’s former election director before he was replaced with Samsuri himself.
According to the report, Tuan Ibrahim had made the decision to appoint Mustafa into a newly-formed advisory board for party while the former was acting as president during Hadi’s absence due to recuperating from a heart surgery.
The report had quoted Mustafa confirming that he had received the appointment verbally but has yet to receive a formal letter to that effect.
The report also quoted Tuan Ibrahim confirming his decision.
The report said apart from Mustafa, others appointed to the board included its former deputy presient Dr Sanusi Daeng Mariok, former treasurer and ex-Kelantan menteri besar Abdul Halim Abdul Rahman, and Subky Latif, veteran newsman for party newspaper Harakah.
Mustafa, 72, was also previously the party secretary-general, and was finally dropped from the top leadership last month after serving for more than four decades.
Source: The Malay Mail Online