Hassan Abdul Karim

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Hassan Abdul Karim

حسن بن عبد الكريم
5th President of Malaysian People's Party
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 (age 67–68)
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)
ResidencePontian Besar, Pontian, Johor, Malaysia
Alma materUniversity of Malaya
University of London

Hassan bin Abdul Karim (born 1951; Jawi: حسن بن عبد الكريم) is a Malaysian politician from the People's Justice Party (PKR) currently serving as Member of Parliament (MP) for Pasir Gudang constituency. He was formerly the president of Malaysian People's Party (PRM).

On 4 December 2018, Hassan was elected chair of the Federal-State Relations Select Committee.[1]

Political career[edit]

In April 2005, Hassan was elected president of PRM by party members who were against former party leaders moving to merge the party with the PKR.[2] He was previously youth chief of PRM.

Hassan resigned as president of PRM on 17 November 2009 and decided to join the PKR.[2] This was following disagreements within party ranks of Hassan's idea of merging the party with PKR led by Anwar Ibrahim.

During the historic 14th Malaysian general election in 9 May 2018, Hassan successfully wrestled the parliamentary seat of Pasir Gudang from the United Malay National Organisation (UMNO), defeating then-Menteri Besar of Johor, Mohamed Khaled Nordin, in a four-corner fight. It was his first success in general elections after six tries. Following Anwar's release from prison and return to the PKR presidency, Hassan was appointed PKR Johor state liaison committee chairman.[3] However, following multiple allegations from party quarters of nepotism due to some of the appointees being accused of being linked to Anwar, Hassan decided to refuse the offer to become PKR Johor chief.[4]

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 (PKR) 5,509 17.12% Hasni Mohamad (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%

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Six new select committees announced, Anwar heads reforms caucus". Malaysiakini. 4 December 2018. Retrieved 26 April 2019.
  2. ^ a b "PRM chief joins PKR". Sira Habibu. The Star. 23 November 2009. Retrieved 4 May 2019.
  3. ^ "Some obscure faces made PKR state chiefs". Andrew Ong. Malaysiakini. 16 December 2018. Retrieved 4 May 2019.
  4. ^ "Hassan Karim rejects Johor PKR chief post". Royce Tan. The Star. 17 December 2018. Retrieved 4 May 2019.