PAS president denies appointment as Muslim Brotherhood sec-gen

KUALA LUMPUR - PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang has denied a newpaper report that he has been appointed secretary-general of the Egypt-based Ikhwan International Muslim Brotherhood.

He said Egyptian newspaper Al-Wathan had front-paged a report that he had been selected as the political organisation's new secretary-general.

"I vehemently deny this report as it is a lie. It is unreasonable that I, as someone who lives in the Far-east, am involved in Egyptian affairs," he told a press conference at the Parliament lobby Tuesday.

Abdul Hadi said PAS was looking at how it could take action against Al-Wathan and was consulting its legal officers on the matter.

"This news report is a provocation that aims to make it difficult for us in our international relations," he said.

In the Al-Wathan report dated Nov 10, Abdul Hadi was named as the secretary-general and that it was agreed that the secretariat headquarters be located in Malaysia.

The report also said the secretary-general would head a five-member committee tasked to manage affairs around the world for three years.

Abdul Hadi said PAS supported the democratic process and the rights of the Egyptian people to elect their leaders.

"Ousted president Mohammed Morsi should be reinstated. Whether or not the Egyptian people want to reject him, that is their right. There should not be a military coup," he said.

Morsi, the Muslim Brotherhood leader who was elected as Egypt's fifth president in June last year, was ousted by the military 13 months later after mass protests.