SHAH ALAM: PAS is going to have a “big hole” in its membership when the party’s splinter group Gerakan Harapan Baru (GBH)'s Selangor chapter is launched at the end of the month.
Selangor GHB coordinator Ir Izham Hashim said the launch would ignite a massive exodus of members from PAS into the new movement in the state.
“You’ll be surprised that on the day of the launch, you will see the number of PAS branches and divisions that will be ‘finished off’,’’ Izham told reporters at a press conference after announcing the opening of Selangor GHB, Friday.
Hulu Klang assemblyman Saari Sungib and Morib assemblymen Hasnul Baharuddin also attended the press conference held at a hotel here.
Both men had been suspended from PAS for a year following the Selangor mentri besar crisis last year.
Izham, who is the Kelana Jaya PAS division chief, said the entire Selangor PAS branches would be moving en block into GHB.
He said GHB divisions in all of Selangor’s 22 parliamentary constituencies have been set-up.
“The divisions in all other states have also been formed with Johor having the highest number of PAS members moving to GHB followed by Negri Sembilan, Malacca and then Selangor,’’ said Izham.
Izham added there were several Selangor PAS assemblymen who had “secretly” expressed their interest in joining GHB.
“We will not force them as they have to willingly make the switch. They should be able to think for themselves the best choice for their political careers,’’ he added.
There are 13 PAS assemblymen excluding Saari and Hasnul in Selangor.
On another matter, Izham said GHB members might contest against PAS in Selangor during the next general election.
Izham said it would only be done if there was a real necessity to do so and only after a thorough discussion with the other coalition partners.
“We will only do it if our partners, DAP and PKR, agree to it and will not do it if there wasn’t a real need to stand against PAS,’’ he said.
He added it was DAP and PKR’s choice on which parties they wanted to partner with or if they wanted to remove PAS from the coalition.
“I am sure everything will be negotiated soon and we will discuss all the pros and cons,’’ Izham said, adding he was certain that DAP and PKR would want to partner with parties that would ensure them victory as opposed to defeat in the polls.
Izham also said it was very difficult to mend the rift and fallout between PAS and DAP to revive the old Pakatan Rakyat consisting of all three parties.
“If there is no DAP, there cannot be a Pakatan, if there is no PKR, there cannot be a Pakatan.
“But if there is no PAS, we (GHB) are there to replace them in Pakatan,’’ he said.
Currently, GHB members are still technically PAS members as the new splinter group is not yet a political party.
However, all of them will cease being PAS members, in accordance with the Islamist party's constitution, the minute GHB becomes a political party.
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