PAS splinter party starting from zero

Former PAS deputy president Mohamad Sabu (centre), with members of the new group called Gerakan Harapan Baru at a press conference.

KOTA BARU - Gerakan Harapan Baru (GHB) will be registered as a political party on Sept 14, said Khalid Samad, a committee member of the movement. He said GHB would be led by former PAS deputy president Mohamad Sabu.

"We will be holding the first convention on Sept 16 in Kuala Lumpur," he told reporters after a Hari Raya event by GHB here on Sunday night.

Khalid said hudud would not be the main agenda of the new party.

Instead, it would concentrate on "rakyat issues".

As for funding of GHB, he denied that DAP was the financier.

"No party, including PAS or DAP, is involved in financing GHB. We are starting from zero," he said.

Last Monday, Mohamad announced the set-up of the new party, which would be led by those who lost in the PAS elections in June.

Among them are former vice-president Salahuddin Ayub, Salor assemblyman Datuk Husam Musa, Datuk Dr Mujahid Yusuf Rawa, Mohamed Hanipa Maidin and former PAS Youth head Suhaizan Kaiat.

Khalid blamed the Islamist party for being the catalyst for the demise of Pakatan Rakyat.

He defended DAP and urged PAS to review the cause of Pakatan fallout that was blamed squarely on DAP for the acrimonious relationship.

PAS, he claimed, was also to be blamed for the spat and that contributed to the declaration of the end of the pact that was incepted in 2008.

"DAP cannot be solely responsible in any way. The problem stemmed from PAS, which caused so many problems although they had been brought up to the central committee since 2013."