Hasan Arifin

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Hasan Arifin
Exco roles (Pahang)
1995–1999Deputy Menteri Besar of Pahang
1995–1999Chairman of the Public Amenities
Faction represented in Dewan Rakyat
2015–2022Barisan Nasional
Faction represented in Pahang State Legislative Assembly
1982–2004Barisan Nasional
Other roles
2015–2018Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC)
2021–2022Chairman of the Special Select Committee on Finance and Economy
Personal details
Hasan bin Arifin

(1953-04-28) 28 April 1953 (age 70)
Kampung Simpang Sepayang, Kuala Rompin, Pahang, Federation of Malaya (now Malaysia)
Political partyUnited Malays National Organisation (UMNO)
Other political
Barisan Nasional (BN)
Perikatan Nasional (PN)
Muafakat Nasional (MN)
SpouseRozida Karim
Residence(s)Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Alma materUniversity of Malaya
Asian Institute of Management

Hasan bin Arifin is a Malaysian politician. He formerly served as Member of Parliament (MP) of Rompin for two terms. Hasan is a member of United Malays National Organisation (UMNO), a major component party of Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition.

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 PAC Chairman 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 1Malaysia Development Bhd (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]

According to ex-1MDB chief executive officer (CEO) Shahrol Azral Ibrahim Halmi's court testimony in the High Court, the PAC hearings on the 1MDB fiasco in 2010 and 2015 was nothing short of a farce where Hassan as PAC Chairman together with PAC member Abdul Rahman Dahlan along with fugitive businessman Jho Low had conspired to plot the outcome of the hearings.[10] Hassan and Abdul Rahman who are both MP from BN, were exposed by Shahrol to be in conflict of interests since they were part of the PAC members who coached him on what to say during the PAC hearings.[11][12]

Election results[edit]

Pahang State Legislative Assembly[13][14][15][16][17][18][19][20]
Year Constituency Candidate Votes Pct Opponent(s) Votes Pct Ballots cast Majority Turnout
1986 N33 Tioman Hasan Arifin (UMNO) 4,641 81.48% Abd Rauof Abd Majid (PAS) 1,055 18.52% 6,048 3,586 62.87%
1990 N32 Bukit Ibam Hasan Arifin (UMNO) 9,289 70.40% Othman Bakar (PAS) 3,906 29.60% 13,629 5,383 79.98%
1995 N36 Bukit Ibam Hasan Arifin (UMNO) 6,762 73.42% Ismail Mat Tahar (PAS) 2,448 26.58% 9,475 4,314 80.22%
1999 Hasan Arifin (UMNO) 6,035 63.44% Ustaz Haji Sukri (PAS) 3,478 36.56% 9,908 2,557 79.85%
Parliament of Malaysia
Year Constituency Candidate Votes Pct Opponent(s) Votes Pct Ballots cast Majority Turnout
2015 P091 Rompin, Pahang 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%
2022 Hasan Arifin (UMNO) 30,151 45.05% Abdul Khalib Abdullah (BERSATU) 31,589 47.20% 66,927 1,438 75.09%
Erman Shah Jaios (PKR) 4,779 7.14%
Harmizi Hussain (IND) 408 0.61%


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Najib to nominate first-term MP Hasan Arifin as new PAC chairman on Oct 19". The Straits Times. 16 October 2015. Retrieved 26 March 2019.
  2. ^ "1MDB probe temporarily frozen as PAC chief, members made deputy ministers". Shazwan Mustafa Kamal. 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. 26 May 2016. Retrieved 26 March 2019.
  7. ^ "No need to reopen 1MDB investigations: Malaysia's Public Accounts Committee". Channel NewsAsia. 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. ^ Emir Zainul (1 October 2019). "1MDB Watch: Shahrol met with PAC chairman after hearing to discuss report". The Edge Markets. Retrieved 3 October 2019.
  11. ^ "Shahrol: I was coached before and after PAC meetings". The Star Online. 2 October 2019. Retrieved 3 October 2019.
  12. ^ Emir Zainul (2 October 2019). "Shahrol told to leave the country to avoid PAC hearing". The Edge Financial Daily. EdgeProp.My. Retrieved 3 October 2019.
  13. ^ "Malaysia Decides 2008". The Star. Archived from the original on 9 April 2008. Retrieved 25 January 2010. Percentage figures are calculated based on total turnout.
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  16. ^ "KEPUTUSAN PILIHAN RAYA UMUM 13". Sistem Pengurusan Maklumat Pilihan Raya Umum (in Malay). Election Commission of Malaysia. Retrieved 24 March 2017.
  17. ^ "my undi : Kawasan & Calon-Calon PRU13 : Keputusan PRU13 (Archived copy)". www.myundi.com.my. Archived from the original on 31 March 2014. Retrieved 9 April 2014.
  18. ^ "Keputusan Pilihan Raya Umum ke-13". Utusan Malaysia. Archived from the original on 21 March 2018. Retrieved 26 October 2014.
  19. ^ "SEMAKAN KEPUTUSAN PILIHAN RAYA UMUM KE - 14" (in Malay). Election Commission of Malaysia. Retrieved 17 May 2018. Percentage figures based on total turnout.
  20. ^ "The Star Online GE14". The Star. Retrieved 24 May 2018. Percentage figures based on total turnout.
  21. ^ "PENYATA RASMI PARLIMEN DEWAN RAKYAT" (PDF). Parliament of Malaysia. Retrieved 26 March 2019.
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