Hassan Abdul Karim

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Hassan Abdul Karim
حسن بن عبد الكريم
5th President of the
Parti Rakyat Malaysia
In office
17 April 2005 – 17 November 2009
DeputyS. K. Song
Preceded bySyed Husin Ali
Succeeded byAriffin Salimon (Acting)
Rohana Ariffin
Chair of the Federal-State Relations Select Committee
Assumed office
4 December 2018
Preceded byOffice established
Member of the Malaysian Parliament
for Pasir Gudang
Assumed office
10 May 2018
Preceded byNormala Abdul Samad (UMNO-BN)
Majority24,726 (2018)
Personal details
Hassan bin Abdul Karim

(1951-10-17) 17 October 1951 (age 70)
Pontian, Johor, Federation of Malaya (now Malaysia)
Nationality Malaysia
Political partyMalaysian People's Party (PRM) (1978–2009)
People's Justice Party (PKR) (2009–present)
Other political
Barisan Alternatif (BA) (1998–2004)
Pakatan Rakyat (PR) (2009–2015)
Pakatan Harapan (PH) (2015–present)
Residence(s)Pontian Besar, Pontian, Johor, Malaysia
Alma materUniversity of Malaya
University of London
Hassan Abdul Karim on Facebook
Hassan Abdul Karim on Parliament of Malaysia

Hassan bin Abdul Karim (born 1951; Jawi: حسن بن عبد الكريم) is a Malaysian politician. He is currently serving as Member of Parliament (MP) for Pasir Gudang constituency in Johor representing the People's Justice Party (PKR), a component party of Pakatan Harapan (PH) coalition since 2018. He was formerly the president of Malaysian People's Party (PRM).

Political career[edit]

Hassan, a lawyer by profession,[1] joined PRM in 1978 before rising to become its youth chief.[2] In April 2005, Hassan was elected president of PRM by party members who were against the party's merger with the National Justice Party into the People's Justice Party (PKR).[3]

Following the party's rejection of Hassan's proposal for the party to enter into the Pakatan Rakyat (PR) opposition coalition during a party congress, he announced his intention to resign on 15 November 2009. Hassan then joined PKR later in the month, which was a component party of the PR coalition.[3]

In the 2018 Malaysian general election, Hassan contested as a candidate for the Pasir Gudang parliamentary seat against the then-Menteri Besar of Johor, Mohamed Khaled Nordin in a four cornered-fight and was able to win the seat with a majority of 24,726 votes. On 4 December 2018, Hassan was elected chair of the Federal-State Relations Select Committee, one of the Parliamentary Committees of Malaysia.[4]

Following Anwar's release from prison and return to the PKR presidency, Hassan was appointed PKR Johor state chairman in 2018.[5] However, following multiple allegations of nepotism due to some of the appointees being allegedly linked to Anwar, Hassan decided to refuse the appointment on 14 December 2018.[6] On 28 December 2018, he bolted and accepted the position.[7] Hassan finally quit the position on 19 July 2019,[8] citing differences with the Johor Palace.[9][10]


On 16 November 2015, Hassan was charged at the Shah Alam Sessions Court with three counts of making seditious statements via his public Twitter account in which he was alleged to have criticised the Selangor Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah being abroad during Selangor Mentri Besar crisis in 2014.[11] He was discharged not amounting to an acquittal by the Sessions Court in May 2018, following the prosecution's decision to drop the charges.[12] On 10 May 2019, he was finally granted a full acquittal on the sedition charges by the Shah Alam High Court.[13]

Election results[edit]

Parliament of Malaysia
Year Constituency Votes Pct Opponent(s) Votes Pct Ballots cast Majority Turnout
1986 Tebrau Hassan Abdul Karim (PSRM) 16,085 37.21% Siti Zainabon Abu Bakar (UMNO) 27,138 62.79% 45,497 11,053 69.78%
1999 Hassan Abdul Karim (PRM) 13,799 21.87% Mohd. Ali Hassan (UMNO) 49,284 78.13% 65,572 35,485 75.19%
2004 Pontian Hassan Abdul Karim (KEADILAN) 5,509 17.12% Hasni Mohammad (UMNO) 26,667 82.88% 33,460 21,158 75.40%
2008 Johor Bahru Hassan Abdul Karim (PRM) 17,794 29.20% Shahrir Abdul Samad (UMNO) 43,143 70.80% 62,440 25,349 69.59%
2013 Ledang Hassan Abdul Karim (PKR) 28,652 48.34% Hamim Samuri (UMNO) 30,619 51.66% 60,382 1,967 87.11%
2018 Pasir Gudang Hassan Abdul Karim (PKR) 61,615 58.68% Mohamed Khaled Nordin (UMNO) 36,889 35.13% 106,576 24,726 85.83%
Ab Aziz Abdullah (PAS) 6,278 5.98%
Sey Jock @ Chee Jock (IND) 227 0.21%

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External links[edit]


  1. ^ "PKR: Pasir Gudang voters more welcoming this time around". V Anbalagan. Free Malaysia Today. 23 November 2009. Retrieved 2 May 2018.
  2. ^ "Lonely crusade to revive PRM". JOCELINE TAN. The Star. 17 April 2005. Retrieved 4 May 2019.
  3. ^ a b "PRM chief joins PKR". Sira Habibu. The Star. 23 November 2009. Retrieved 4 May 2019.
  4. ^ "Six new select committees announced, Anwar heads reforms caucus". Malaysiakini. 4 December 2018. Retrieved 26 April 2019.
  5. ^ "Some obscure faces made PKR state chiefs". Andrew Ong. Malaysiakini. 16 December 2018. Retrieved 4 May 2019.
  6. ^ "Hassan Karim rejects Johor PKR chief post". Royce Tan. The Star. 17 December 2018. Retrieved 4 May 2019.
  7. ^ "Hassan terima semula jawatan pengerusi PKR Johor". Muhammad Zikri (in Malay). Utusan Malaysia. 1 January 2019.
  8. ^ "Hassan Karim quits as PKR Johor chief". Azril Annuar. Malay Mail. 19 July 2019. Retrieved 20 July 2019.
  9. ^ "Anwar: Johor PKR chief resigned over party issues and spat with ruler". Yiswaree Palansamy. Malay Mail. 20 July 2019. Retrieved 25 July 2019.
  10. ^ "Hassan adamant on quitting as Johor PKR chief, admits to differences with palace". Lu Wei Hoong. Malaysiakini. 24 July 2019. Retrieved 25 July 2019.
  11. ^ "Johor PKR leader pleads not guilty to making seditious statements against Selangor Sultan". Firdaous Fadzil. The Star. 16 November 2015. Retrieved 20 July 2019.
  12. ^ "Court discharges Johor PKR chief over charge related to tweets on sultan". Free Malaysia Today. 27 July 2018. Retrieved 20 July 2019.
  13. ^ "Pasir Gudang MP wins full acquittal on sedition charges". Ng Xiang Yi. Malaysiakini. 11 May 2019. Retrieved 20 July 2019.