Saturday, November 28, 2009
PRM to pick new leaders after president's resignation
JOHOR BARU: Parti Rakyat Malaysia (PRM) will undergo a reshuffle in the next four to six weeks in the wake of president Hassan Abdul Karim’s resignation.
Party Central Committee (CC) member S.K. Song said that the reshuffle would also see the appointments of a new president and deputy chairman.
“All state liaison committees have been directed to hold meetings to discuss the appointment of new people for these two posts,” he told The Star yesterday.
“The CC will meet to make a final decision in four to six weeks.” Song said the party needed capable leaders to fill the top two posts but refused to divulge the names of those who had been considered.
On Nov 17, Hassan resigned after 80% of the 100 party delegates who attended the PRM congress in Kuala Lumpur rejected his proposal for the party to join Pakatan Rakyat.
Hassan has since applied to join PKR. He submitted his form to party leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim at a convention in Kluang on Nov 22.
Song said he respected Hassan’s decision and his contribution to the party.
“However, he (Hassan) put forth the proposal to join Pakatan without discussing with the CC first,” he said.
“The members were caught by surprise. That’s why it was rejected.”
Hassan, he added, should have discussed the matter thoroughly before proposing such a drastic move.
“The party will survive without him.” Song also clarified that though he pulled out as deputy chairman, he was still the party’s Johor chairman and CC member.
“I pulled out to give way to other leaders about three months ago.” - Star, 28/11/2009, PRM to pick new leaders after president's resignation
Monday, November 23, 2009
Sunday, November 22, 2009
PETALING JAYA: Parti Rakyat Malaysia (PRM) president Hassan Abdul Karim has resigned from the party to join PKR.
Hassan submitted his membership application form to PKR adviser Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim at the Johor PKR convention in Kluang yesterday.
Hassan had announced his intention to resign as president during the PRM congress in Kuala Lumpur on Nov 15.
“In the policy speech, I proposed that the party join Pakatan Rakyat. But more than 80% of the 100 delegates rejected the idea.
“As my proposal to set new directions for the party was strongly opposed, I had no other option but to announce that I was relinquishing all posts,’’ he said when contacted yesterday.
Hassan submitted his letter of resignation to party secretary-general Koh Swe Yong on Nov 17.
“I have relinquished all my posts in the party and am quitting as a member,’’ he said.
Hassan, 58, was among a few who fought hard to save PRM from being dissolved after former leaders decided to merge the party with Parti Keadilan to form PKR on Aug 3, 2003.
Those who opposed the merger held a congress in Johor on April 17, 2005 and elected Hassan as the new president.
This prompted former PRM president Dr Syed Husin Ali, former vice-president R. Sivarasa and former secretary-general Dr Sanusi Othman to file a petition in court to dissolve the party.
However, the High Court ruled on July 16 that the dissolution of the party could only take place if at least 60% of the members voted for it during a congress.
Hassan said he still loved PRM.
“But if the party operates in isolation, it is difficult to bring about changes. That is why I proposed that the party join the Pakatan Rakyat coalition,’’ he said.
PRM deputy chairman S.K. Song said most of the members rejected the idea because they thought Hassan had wanted to merge the party with PKR.
“We were shocked when Hassan put forward the idea as he was among those who had worked hard to stop the party from being dissolved,” he said. - Star, 23/11/2009, PRM chief joins PKR
Thursday, November 5, 2009
Parti Rakyat on road to expansion
“We will begin to play a wider role, now that the court has legitimised our position,” Hasan said of the July 16 High Court decision that PRM remained a legitimate entity under the Societies Act.
That was the day the High Court sitting at Jalan Duta in Kuala Lumpur ruled against PRM’s dissolution, sought by eight former members of the party who were key players in its merger with Parti Keadilan, which since the merger has become Parti Keadilan Rakyat.
Hassan said there was little opportunity for PRM to work with the Barisan Nasional as the BN considered PRM's socialist stance as completely alien.
However, the party was willing to work with Pakatan Rakyat and all other organisations legitimately struggling for the welfare and rights of the people, he said at the opening of PRM's Sungai Petani branch in Kedah last Sunday.
Hassan also said PRM has received feelers from Pakatan to join the coalition. This, he said, would be discussed at PRM’s 42nd National Congress, which will be held at the Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall in KL on Nov 15.
He added the next area of PRM’s expansion in the country would be Johor and that in the years to come, the party would also expand to Sabah and Sarawak.
Also speaking during the launch, PRM secretary-general Koh Swe Yong said the party was in the process of re-registering its members and revamping the party structure and organisation, as the current leadership has not received any party documents from those behind the move to dissolve it. - Malay Mail, 5/11/2009, Parti Rakyat on road to expansion