SHAH ALAM, Aug 15, 2015:
Gerakan Harapan Baru (GHB) wants new voters to join their political party and are not “stealing” members from PAS, says a leader of the fledgling political entity.
“People thought that GHB is a fragment of PAS. This perception will not trap us as a large part of the public is supporting us,” said GHB vice-president Salahuddin Ayub.
“I believe that the nationwide roadshow was well-received among activists who want to join forces in our efforts and at this time there is a wider market for members so the claim saying that we are taking PAS members will be laid to rest.
“Our modus operandi is approaching new voters and our membership is open to all Malaysians, regardless of their religion, to achieve our target.
“There is no reason to ‘steal’ members from other political parties since we have our own supporters,” he said in a Nadwah Ulamak Nahdhah Jadidah (NUNJI 15) programme which was organised by GHB here today.
Also present was NUNJI 15 director Datuk Dr. Mujahid Yusuf Rawa and Harapan Baru general advisor Ustaz Ahmad Awang.
At the same time, he said GHB is expected to announce on Aug 30 whether they will succeed in becoming a political party or remain a non-government organisation (NGO).
However, he said their main focus is on establishing a new political party with a fresh name.
“Some of us want to remain as an NGO and a larger part of us want to join a new political party.
“This is seen as easier way to make important decisions in strengthening and rebuilding Pakatan Rakyat,” he said, adding that this was their last chance to form a new political party before the end of the month,
Salahuddin was commenting in response to questions regarding the latest developments of GHB, which is still pending approval from the Registrar of Societies.
Salahuddin also said that GHB will join Bersih 4 rally which will be held on Aug 31 and claimed 500 GHB volunteers from Amal Relief (ARIF) and ProGuam, which is comprises of young lawyers, will be present to observe the event.
“Bersih 4 is a peaceful rally, demanding transparent and unbiased elections. We will provide 500 ARIF and ProGuam volunteers to facilitate the rally,” he said.