‘DROP THE NAME, PAKATAN’

New con­tender for the ‘Hara­pan’ name

New Straits Times - - News -

THARANYA ARUMUGAM KUALA LUMPUR tharanya@nst.com.my

AN UP­COM­ING mul­tira­cial po­lit­i­cal party has reg­is­tered it­self as Parti Hara­pan Malaysia (PHM) and wants the op­po­si­tion Pakatan Hara­pan to drop its name.

PHM, formed by ex-PKR grass­roots mem­bers, said it had sub­mit­ted an ap­pli­ca­tion to form the party to the Reg­is­trar of So­ci­eties (RoS) on Dec 10, 2015.

Former PKR Lem­bah Pan­tai branch deputy chief Jo­hari Musa, who is now PHM’s pro-tem deputy pres­i­dent, said the RoS had on Dec 6, 2016 agreed with PHM to use “Hara­pan” in its name.

The Pakatan Hara­pan pact was formed in 2015 to re­place the pre­vi­ous Pakatan Rakyat coali­tion, and is made up of PKR, DAP, Parti Amanah Ne­gara and Parti Pribumi Ber­satu Malaysia.

Jo­hari said Pakatan Hara­pan would now have to change its name since it had yet to be reg­is­tered with RoS.

“This means Pakatan Hara­pan can no longer use the name. How­ever, we are quite dis­ap­pointed be­cause un­til to­day, PHM’s reg­is­tra­tion as a po­lit­i­cal party has yet to be ap­proved,” Jo­hari told a press con­fer­ence here yes­ter­day.

PHM is cur­rently in talks with Pas to join the Ga­gasan Se­jahtera coali­tion in or­der to con­test the next gen­eral elec­tion.

Jo­hari said PHM con­sisted of mostly former and ex­ist­ing PKR mem­bers. He touted the setup as an “al­ter­na­tive” to PKR in the next gen­eral elec­tion.

It was pri­mar­ily formed to pro­vide a po­lit­i­cal plat­form for those who dis­agreed with PKR’s di­rec­tion, he said.

Jo­hari also claimed 35 per cent of the ex­ist­ing PKR lead­ers and mem­bers had ex­pressed their dis­ap­point­ment with the cur­rent lead­er­ship on var­i­ous oc­ca­sions, in­clud­ing the severing of ties with Pas.

“Many PKR lead­ers and mem­bers are wait­ing to leave the party. Many did not ex­pect PKR would be­tray its good friend Pas.”

Jo­hari Musa

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