KANGAR - The Gerakan Harapan Baru (GHB), made up of former PAS members ousted in the last party polls, has kicked off its nationwide roadshow to win public support.
Some 200 people attended the roadshow, held at a field in Kampung Sena, Jalan Tok Paduka, here.
Among the leaders present were former PAS deputy president Mohamad Sabu (popularly known as Mat Sabu), ex-PAS central committee member Datuk Dr Mujahid Yusof Rawa, also the Penang GBH pro tem chairman, PKR's Datuk Saifuddin Nasution and its Indera Kayangan assemblyman Chan Ming Kai.
Also at the roadshow were DAP's Bukit Mertajam MP Steven Sim and PasMa president Datuk Phahrolrazi Mohd Zawawi.
Mat Sabu delivered a speech asking people to support the group.
Earlier at the DAP Hari Raya open house in Kepala Batas, Mat Sabu said public gatherings would be held throughout the country until the end of next month.
"We are confident that GHB will be approved (by the Registrar of Societies) within one and half months," he said, adding that they would also be meeting people in Seremban and Selangor next weekend.
Other key members of the movement are former PAS vice-president Salahuddin Ayub, former PAS Youth chief Suhaizan Kaiat and Tan Sri Muhammad Muhammad Taib, a former Umno vice-president who had joined PAS.
PAS information chief Nasruddin Hassan had reportedly said that it would take disciplinary action against Mat Sabu and the others for breaching party rules in forming the movement.
At another function, Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng denied that the group was a proxy for DAP.
"It is unfair to label those who oppose Barisan Nasional as a DAP front. We welcome any effort to push for progressive politics.
"We appreciate and want political movements that can contribute positively to Malaysia," said Lim, who is also DAP secretary-general.
On Penang Islamic Council chairman Datuk Salleh Man, the only remaining PAS representative in the state administration, Lim said, "(Salleh) voiced his stand on three points - that he does not agree with the motion by PAS ulama to cut ties with DAP, he agrees that Pakatan Rakyat no longer exists and that he supports the Penang government."