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 President)
State Chairman of the
People's Justice Party of Johor
In office
2014 – 12 July 2019
PresidentWan Azizah Wan Ismail
Anwar Ibrahim
Preceded byChua Jui Meng
Succeeded bySyed Ibrahim Syed Noh
Chairman of the
Federal-State Relations Select Committee
In office
4 December 2018 – 19 November 2022
Preceded byPosition established
Succeeded byPosition abolished
Member of the Malaysian Parliament
for Pasir Gudang
Assumed office
9 May 2018
Preceded byNormala Abdul Samad
Majority24,726 (2018)
31,558 (2022)
Personal details
Hassan bin Abdul Karim

(1951-10-17) 17 October 1951 (age 72)
Pontian, Johor, Federation of Malaya (now Malaysia)
Nationality Malaysia
Political partyParti Rakyat Malaysia (PRM)
People's Justice Party (PKR)
(since 2009)
Other political
Barisan Alternatif (BA)
Pakatan Rakyat (PR)
Pakatan Harapan (PH)
(since 2015)
Residence(s)Pontian Besar, Pontian, Johor, Malaysia
Alma materUniversity of Malaya
University of London
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Hassan bin Abdul Karim (born 1951; Jawi: حسن بن عبد الكريم) is a Malaysian politician and lawyer who has served as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Pasir Gudang since May 2018. He served as Chairman of the Federal-State Relations Select Committee from December 2018 to November 2022. He is a member of the People's Justice Party (PKR), a component party of the Pakatan Harapan (PH) coalition and formerly Pakatan Rakyat (PR) coalitions and was a member of the Parti Rakyat Malaysia (PRM), a component party of the Barisan Alternatif (BA) coalition. He served as the State Chairman of PKR of Johor from 2014 to his resignation in July 2019 and the 5th President of PRM from April 2005 to November 2009. He often analyses and comments on Malaysian politics and news as well as advising Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim.[1][2][3][4]

Political career[edit]

Hassan, a lawyer by profession,[5] joined PRM in 1978 before rising to become its youth chief.[6] 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).[7]

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.[7]

In the 2018 general election, Hassan was nominated by PKR to contest for the Pasir Gudang federal seat. He won the seat and was elected into Parliament as the Pasir Gudang MP for the first term after defeating the Menteri Besar of Johor Mohamed Khaled Nordin of Barisan Nasional (BN) and three other candidates by a majority of 24,726 votes. On 4 December 2018, Hassan was appointed Chairman of the Federal-State Relations Select Committee, one of the Parliamentary Committees of Malaysia.[8]

Following Anwar's release from prison and return to the PKR presidency, Hassan was appointed PKR Johor state chairman in 2018.[9] 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.[10] On 28 December 2018, he bolted and accepted the position.[11] Hassan finally sent his resignation letter on 12 July 2019. His resignation was only reported a week later on 19 July 2019,[12] citing differences with the Johor Palace.[13][14]

In the 2022 general election, Hassan was renominated by PKR to defend the seat. He defended the seat and was reelected as the Pasir Gudang MP for the second term after his defeating candidates of Perikatan Nasional (PN), BN and Gerakan Tanah Air (GTA) by a majority of 31,558 votes.


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.[15] He was discharged not amounting to an acquittal by the Sessions Court in May 2018, following the prosecution's decision to drop the charges.[16] On 10 May 2019, he was finally granted a full acquittal on the sedition charges by the Shah Alam High Court.[17]

Election results[edit]

Parliament of Malaysia
Year Constituency Candidate Votes Pct Opponent(s) Votes Pct Ballots cast Majority Turnout
1986 P129 Tebrau, Johor Hassan Abdul Karim (PSRM) 16,085 37.21% Siti Zainabon Abu Bakar (UMNO) 27,138 62.79% 45,497 11,053 69.78%
1999 P140 Tebrau, Johor Hassan Abdul Karim (PRM) 13,799 21.87% Mohd. Ali Hassan (UMNO) 49,284 78.13% 65,572 35,485 75.19%
2004 P164 Pontian, Johor Hassan Abdul Karim (PKR) 5,509 17.12% Hasni Mohammad (UMNO) 26,667 82.88% 33,460 21,158 75.40%
2008 P160 Johor Bahru, Johor Hassan Abdul Karim (PRM) 17,794 29.20% Shahrir Abdul Samad (UMNO) 43,143 70.80% 62,440 25,349 69.59%
2013 P144 Ledang, Johor Hassan Abdul Karim (PKR) 28,652 48.34% Hamim Samuri (UMNO) 30,619 51.66% 60,382 1,967 87.11%
2018 P159 Pasir Gudang, Johor 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%
2022 Hassan Abdul Karim (PKR) 71,233 47.72% Mohamad Farid Abdul Razak (BERSATU) 39,675 26.58% 149,280 31,558 75.21%
Noor Azlen Ambros (UMNO) 37,369 25.03%
Mohammad Raffi Beran (IMAN) 1,003 0.67%

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  1. ^ "Don't punish the rakyat, give equal allocations to all MPs, says PKR's Pasir Gudang MP". The Star. 2 March 2023. Retrieved 20 April 2023.
  2. ^ "Put aside domestic differences and support PM Anwar on international issues, says Pasir Gudang MP". The Star. 27 March 2023. Retrieved 20 April 2023.
  3. ^ "'Pakatan will be rejected': PKR MP warns of danger to unity govt in Najib and Zahid's moves". The Star. 11 April 2023. Retrieved 20 April 2023.
  4. ^ "Go on leave until MACC completes probe, PKR MP tells Sivakumar". The Star. 23 April 2023. Retrieved 23 April 2023.
  5. ^ "PKR: Pasir Gudang voters more welcoming this time around". V Anbalagan. Free Malaysia Today. 23 November 2009. Retrieved 2 May 2018.
  6. ^ "Lonely crusade to revive PRM". JOCELINE TAN. The Star. 17 April 2005. Retrieved 4 May 2019.
  7. ^ a b "PRM chief joins PKR". Sira Habibu. The Star. 23 November 2009. Retrieved 4 May 2019.
  8. ^ "Six new select committees announced, Anwar heads reforms caucus". Malaysiakini. 4 December 2018. Retrieved 26 April 2019.
  9. ^ "Some obscure faces made PKR state chiefs". Andrew Ong. Malaysiakini. 16 December 2018. Retrieved 4 May 2019.
  10. ^ "Hassan Karim rejects Johor PKR chief post". Royce Tan. The Star. 17 December 2018. Retrieved 4 May 2019.
  11. ^ "Hassan terima semula jawatan pengerusi PKR Johor". Muhammad Zikri (in Malay). Utusan Malaysia. 1 January 2019.
  12. ^ "Hassan Karim quits as PKR Johor chief". Azril Annuar. Malay Mail. 19 July 2019. Retrieved 20 July 2019.
  13. ^ "Anwar: Johor PKR chief resigned over party issues and spat with ruler". Yiswaree Palansamy. Malay Mail. 20 July 2019. Retrieved 25 July 2019.
  14. ^ "Hassan adamant on quitting as Johor PKR chief, admits to differences with palace". Lu Wei Hoong. Malaysiakini. 24 July 2019. Retrieved 25 July 2019.
  15. ^ "Johor PKR leader pleads not guilty to making seditious statements against Selangor Sultan". Firdaous Fadzil. The Star. 16 November 2015. Retrieved 20 July 2019.
  16. ^ "Court discharges Johor PKR chief over charge related to tweets on sultan". Free Malaysia Today. 27 July 2018. Retrieved 20 July 2019.
  17. ^ "Pasir Gudang MP wins full acquittal on sedition charges". Ng Xiang Yi. Malaysiakini. 11 May 2019. Retrieved 20 July 2019.