PAS to feel impact if 8 of its MPs joins new political party

PAS to feel impact if 8 of its MPs joins new political party
If 8 of its MPs join the new political party GHB, PAS' representation in the Malaysian Parliament will almost be halved.
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PETALING JAYA - PAS' representation in Dewan Rakyat will almost be halved should eight of its MPs decide to join the new political set-up known as Gabungan Harapan Baru.

As of now, the Islamist party has 21 seats in the House and is likely to lose eight seats if the movement materialises.

Talk is rife that the following lawmakers - Datuk Kamaruddin Jaafar (Tumpat), Khalid Samad (Shah Alam), Hanipah Maidin (Sepang), Siti Zailah Yusof (Rantau Panjang), Dr Hatta Ramli (Kuala Krai), Mujahid Yusof Rawa (Parit Buntar) and Datuk Mahfuz Omar of Pokok Sena - will quit PAS to join GHB.

Dr Siti Mariah Mahmud (Kota Raja) confirmed to The Star that she was already "part of GHB".

In Selangor, where PAS holds 15 seats, the party is to lose two of its assemblymen - Hasnul Baharuddin of Morib and Hulu Klang assemblyman Saari Sungib - to the new political party. The two have confirmed that they would be joining GHB.

If the plan for a new party ­materialises, the PKR-DAP-GHB coalition will have a total of 30 state seats.

This means that the coalition will be able to continue governing Selangor if PAS decides not to be part of the group.

If Barisan Nasional, PAS and independent Port Klang assemblyman and former Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim combine forces, they will make up 26 of the 43 seats in the state.

In Kota Baru, PAS Youth chief Nik Mohd Abduh Nik Abdul Aziz said MPs and assemblymen who left the party for GHB must return the seats as stipulated in their bai'ah (loyalty oath).

He said those who intended to leave must return the trust given to them in the form of parliamentary or state seats, which they won in the 13th general election, back to PAS.

"This is in accordance to the bai'ah pledge they made before they became a candidate for the party in the last general election," said Nik Abduh.

PAS members, he added, could leave the party any time but they "must reflect on their solemn promise" and leave immediately.

The Pasir Mas MP added that one could not be a member of two political parties as this was in violation of the party constitution.

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