Hasan Arifin

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Hasan Arifin

Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee (Malaysia)
In office
19 October 2015 – 7 April 2018
Nominated byNajib Razak
Appointed byPandikar Amin Mulia
DeputyTan Seng Giaw
Preceded byNur Jazlan Mohamed
Succeeded byRonald Kiandee
ConstituencyRompin
Deputy Menteri Besar of Pahang
In office
25 April 1995 – 20 May 1999
MonarchAhmad Shah
Menteri BesarMohd Khalil Yaakob
ConstituencyBukit Ibam
Member of the Malaysian Parliament
for Rompin
Assumed office
5 May 2015
Preceded byJamaluddin Jarjis (UMNO-BN)
Majority8,895 (2015)
11,395 (2018)
Member of the Pahang State Legislative Assembly
for Bukit Ibam
In office
1990–2004
Preceded byAbdul Jabbar Ibrahim (UMNO-BN)
Succeeded byMohamad Sahfri Ab Aziz (UMNO-BN)
Personal details
Born
Hasan bin Arifin

(1953-04-28) 28 April 1953 (age 65)
Kampung Simpang Sepayang, Kuala Rompin, Pahang, Federation of Malaya (now Malaysia)
CitizenshipMalaysian
Political partyUnited Malays National Organisation (UMNO)
Other political
affiliations
Barisan Nasional (BN)
Spouse(s)Rozida Karim
ResidenceKuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Alma materUniversity of Malaya
Asian Institute of Management
OccupationPolitician

Dato' Sri Haji Hasan bin Arifin is a Malaysian politician from the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) currently serving as Member of Parliament (MP) of Malaysia representing Rompin.

Political career[edit]

Deputy Menteri Besar of Pahang[edit]

Hasan served as Deputy Menteri Besar of Pahang between 1995 and 1999 during his second-term as Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) of Pahang for Bukit Ibam.

Chairman of Public Accounts Committee[edit]

Hasan was nominated by Prime Minister of Malaysia Najib Razak to helm the post of chairman of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) and appointed by Speaker of the House of Representatives Pandikar Amin Mulia on 19 October 2015.[1] He took over from Nur Jazlan Mohamed who resigned from the PAC after being appointed Deputy Minister of Home Affairs by Najib.[2]

During his tenure, Hasan was accused of tampering with the investigation into the 1Malaysia Development Berhad scandal involving then-Prime Minister Najib by Petaling Jaya Utara MP and fellow PAC member Tony Pua.[3] He was accused to have, among many others, refusing to call additional witnesses before the PAC[4], deleting evidence from PAC's 1MDB report[5] and ignoring evidence crucial to the investigation[6]. Following his appointment, requests to reopen the investigation was rejected[7] and it was later revealed that he had made attempts to shield Low Taek Jho, better known as Jho Low, the man who was central to the 1MDB scandal, by editing out portions involving Low in the PAC report[8]. Earlier, he had also overturned his predecessor's decision to summon Low to the PAC for questioning.[9]

Election results[edit]

Parliament of Malaysia
Year Constituency Votes Pct Opponent(s) Votes Pct Ballots cast Majority Turnout
2015 Rompin Hasan Arifin (UMNO) 23,796 61.49% Nazri Ahmad (PAS) 14,901 38.51% 39,352 8,895 73.84%
2018 Hasan Arifin (UMNO) 26,628 53.54% M Shahrul Nizam Abdul Haliff (PAS) 15,233 30.63% 50,905 11,395 82.21%
Sitarunisah Ab Kadir (PKR) 7,876 15.84%

Honours[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Najib to nominate first-term MP Hasan Arifin as new PAC chairman on Oct 19". Straits Times. 16 October 2015. Retrieved 26 March 2019.
  2. ^ "1MDB probe temporarily frozen as PAC chief, members made deputy ministers". Shazwan Mustafa Kamal. Malay Mail. 28 July 2015. Retrieved 26 March 2019.
  3. ^ "PAC never had the chance to question Najib over 1MDB, says Pua". The Malaysian Insight. 24 March 2018. Retrieved 26 March 2019.
  4. ^ "More witnesses will delay 1MDB probe report, says PAC chief". Malaysiakini. 9 February 2016. Retrieved 26 March 2019.
  5. ^ "Pua: Lines deleted by PAC chief from 1MDB report are crucial". Malaysiakini. 20 April 2016. Retrieved 26 March 2019.
  6. ^ "Malaysia's Probe Into 1MDB Fund Was Flawed". Tom Wright and Bradley Hope. The Wall Street Journal. 26 May 2016. Retrieved 26 March 2019.
  7. ^ "No need to reopen 1MDB investigations: Malaysia's Public Accounts Committee". Channel News Asia. 15 June 2017. Retrieved 26 March 2019.
  8. ^ "Sarawak Report reveals alleged second Bank Negara letter". Malaysiakini. 8 July 2016. Retrieved 26 March 2019.
  9. ^ "'I'll never give it a rest,' Pua tells Johari on 1MDB". Free Malaysia Today. 21 March 2017. Retrieved 26 March 2019.
  10. ^ "PENYATA RASMI PARLIMEN DEWAN RAKYAT" (PDF). Parliament of Malaysia. Retrieved 26 March 2019.
  11. ^ "SEMAKAN PENERIMA DARJAH KEBESARAN, BINTANG DAN PINGAT". Prime Minister's Department (Malaysia). Retrieved 25 October 2018.