Pertubuhan Ikram Malaysia has welcomed the setting up of new political party Gerakan Harapan Baru (GHB). Ikaram described GHB as a non-governmental organisation (NGO) that supported a holistic approach in embracing Islam with an approach that was inclusive, progressive and caring for the people. Ikram deputy president Hasanuddin Mohd Yunus said other parties should not get jealous and narrow minded in the perception that GHB would compete against them. “GHB will be a voice for the people by bringing ideas and thoughts that will benefit the nation and ummah (community),” he said in a statement today. GHB, led by by former Pas deputy president Mohamad Sabu, was said to be formed by those unhappy with the current pro-ulama Pas leadership and was regarded as a new splinter Islamic movement seeking to work with PKR and DAP. Hasanuddin added that Ikram would continue to hold ”engagements” with various parties, including PAS, Umno, PKR, DAP and various political parties and NGOs. He said Ikram members were trained, experienced and equipped with the knowledge of Islam and other disciplines which would enable them to interact with others.