PHM: Clear air over use of 'Harapan' in party name


KUALA LUMPUR: The yet-to-be-approved Parti Harapan Malaysia (PHM) wants the Registrar of Societies (RoS) to resolve its contention over four-member coalition Pakatan Harapan's use of the word "Harapan" in its name.

"With the announcement of the formation of Pakatan Harapan, it is clear that they have turned their backs on the RoS and I hope the RoS clears the air on this matter as soon as possible," said PHM's pro-tem vice-president Johari Musa.

Johari said that an application to form the party was submitted to RoS almost two years ago in December 2015, and the necessary fees were paid in December the following year.

"PHM also wishes to know why the RoS has yet to approve the party even though all proper channels were followed," Johari told a press conference here.

If approved, PHM plans to join PAS' political bloc known as Gagasan Sejahtera, along with Parti Ikatan Bangsa Malaysia, Barisan Jemaah Islamiah Se-Malaysia (Berjasa) and PCM.

However, Johari said that if PHM was not approved in time for the next polls, its party members would aid Gagasan Sejahtera to mobilise its election machinery.

"PHM is ready to mobilise and already has volunteers in all states in the country, with hundreds of divisions and branches ready to be formed.

"We are just waiting for the green light from the RoS," he added.