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The now-defunct Johor Gerakan Harapan Baru (GHB) line-up when intially launched, (from left) Johor GHB information chief Onn Jaafar, Johor GHB chairman Aminolhuda Hassan and Johor GHB deputy chairman Dzulkefly Ahmad. — TRP pic by Ben Tan
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JOHOR BARU, Sept 1, 2015:
The Johor state Gerakan Harapan Baru (GHB) movement has officially ceased to exist and will now come under the Malaysian Workers Party (MWP) as its political party.
The GHB previous movement’s leadership will also be maintained in the move that will later see the party’s re-branding as Parti Amanah Negara (PAN).
Johor MWP chairman Aminolhuda Hassan said all of the state’s current crop of 1,300 GHB members had been told of the renaming and transition after adopting MWP as the new political platform.
“They (the members) have been briefed on the matter, and they have been supportive of the decision.
“What we need to do now is to work together with the central leadership towards changing the party’s name to PAN before Malaysia Day on Sept 16,” he told The Rakyat Post today.
Currently, Johor will maintain the GHB’s divisional system where its members are based in the state’s 26 parliamentary constituencies.
Yesterday in Kuala Lumpur, MWP chairman and former PAS deputy president Mohamad Sabu announced that the party would operate under MWP as an existing party, until its name is changed to PAN.
The MWP leadership will hold an extraordinary general meeting as soon as possible to change the name of the party to PAN as part of its original political goals.
On the issue of Johor PAS members who were aligned to the former GHB, Aminolhuda said the issue of them intending to resign did not arise.
“When GHB was established, it was considered a non-governmental organisation movement and this did not affect the members’ PAS membership status,” said the 55-year-old former Johor PAS Commissioner.
However, with the move to the MWP, Aminolhuda said their PAS memberships would automatically be revoked as they have joined a new political party.
“So, there are no issues or problems actually and the existing PAS members with us need not officially resign from the Islamist party,” explained Aminolhuda, who is also a MWP central committee member and the Parit Yaani assemblyman.
According to PAS’ constitution, a member can only cease to be a member of the Islamist party under three main situations — disciplinary action, personal requests or joining another party.
Earlier today, former PAS Youth chief Suhaizan Kaiat announced his resignation from all his posts in the Islamist party in a statement today.
The former Pulai PAS division chief had also announced his intention of joining the yet to be registered PAN.
Suhaizan has been active with the previous GHB movement and his name has been listed on the newly-filled MWP as the party’s central organising secretary.
The statement also named the division’s former PAS Youth chief Mohd Syafiq Abdul Aziz, its division Muslimah PAS chief Fatimah Mohd Ali and several division committee members intending to join the new party.
The newly-filled MWP is part of the former PAS progressive leaders that were dropped from their party posts in the June muktamar this year.
They then announced the formation of GHB in an effort to show solidarity and cooperation with DAP and PKR before adopting the MWP as a political party pending a name change with the Registrar of Societies (RoS).
The MWP was formed in 1978 and initially had leftist leanings before it was defunct.