Mohamad Sabu

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Yang Berbahagia Tuan Haji
Mohamad Sabu
Member of Parliament
for P010 Kuala Kedah, Kedah
In office
29 November 1999 – 21 March 2004
Preceded by Zakaria Mohd Said
Succeeded by Hashim Jahaya
Majority 991
Member of Parliament
for P024 Kubang Kerian, Kelantan
In office
25 April 1995 – 29 November 1999
Preceded by Constituency established
Succeeded by Husam Musa
Majority 10,125
Member of Parliament
for P022 Nilam Puri, Kelantan
In office
21 October 1990 – 25 April 1995
Preceded by Mat bin Haji Ali
Succeeded by Constituency abolished
Majority 8,139
Personal details
Born (1954-10-14) 14 October 1954 (age 62)
Tasek Gelugor, Penang, Malaya (now Malaysia)
Political party
Spouse(s) Normah Alwi
Parents Sabu
Halijah Mat
Residence Shah Alam
Occupation Politician
Religion Islam
Website mohamadsabu.com

Haji Mohamad Sabu (born 14 October 1954), commonly known as Mat Sabu, is a Malaysian politician, formerly serving as the former deputy president of the opposition Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS). He was elected to the post in 2011, running on a moderate platform against the conservative incumbent Nasharudin Mat Isa. He had previously served as one of the party's vice-presidents.[1] He was the first non-alim elected to the party's leadership or deputy leadership in over 25 years.[2]

On July 13 2015 he launched a new political movement Gerakan Harapan Baru (GHB). On 31 August 2015, Mohamad Sabu announced GHB took over a dormant Malaysian political party, Malaysian Workers' Party after its attempt to form a new party called Parti Progresif Islam (PPI) was rejected by the Home Affairs Ministry[3][4][5][6][7][8] which was later rebranded to Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah) with himself become its first President.

Mat Sabu is known for his public speaking abilities.[2] He has been detained twice under Malaysia's Internal Security Act.[9]

Election results[edit]

Parliament of Malaysia[10]
Year Constituency Votes Pct Opponent(s) Votes Pct Ballots cast Majority Turnout
1982 Kepala Batas Mohamad Sabu (PAS) 4,115 68.51% Abdullah Ahmad Badawi (UMNO) 16,759 16.82% 25,277 12,644 80.29%
Khoo Siew Hoe (DAP) 3,589 14.67%
1986 Permatang Pauh Mohamad Sabu (PAS) 7,500 29.44% Anwar Ibrahim (UMNO) 17,979 70.56% 26,098 10,479 74.82%
1990 Nilam Puri Mohamad Sabu (PAS) 19,596 62.05% Annuar Musa (UMNO) 11,457 36.28% 32,381 8,139 80.42%
Kamarudin (IND) 526 1.67%
1995 Kubang Kerian Mohamad Sabu (PAS) 21,377 65.52% Mat Zin Awang (UMNO) 11,252 34.48% 33,550 10,125 75.74%
1999 Kuala Kedah Mohamad Sabu (PAS) 23,548 51.04% Fauzi Abdul Hamid (UMNO) 22,557 48.90% 46,781 991 76.55%
2004 Mohamad Sabu (PAS) 26,493 41.85% Hashim Jahaya (UMNO) 36,707 57.98% 64,332 10,214 81.65%
2008 Kuala Terengganu Mohamad Sabu (PAS) 31,934 48.90% Razali Ismail (UMNO) 32,562 49.87% 66,231 628 82.45%
Maimun Yusuf (IND) 685 1.05%
2013 Pendang Mohamad Sabu (PAS) 29,527 47.71% Othman Abdul (UMNO) 32,165 51.97% 62,649 2,638 89.33%

Controversy[edit]

Statement over the Bukit Kepong incident[edit]

On 21 August 2011 during a speech in Gelugor, Penang, Mohamad Sabu made a statement saying that it was Muhammad Indera and the 200 Malayan Communist Party (CPM) soldiers during the 1950 Bukit Kepong Incident who deserved to be claimed as national heroes and not the police officers who fought to their deaths defending the Bukit Kepong police station, claiming that all police officers during the massacre as the "British officers" and the CPM soldiers are "true national heroes" as they "fought the British". The speech, which video had been widely circulated in YouTube, had caused negative responses, as the statement was regarded as an insult to the family members of the deceased victims,[11] as well as other national heroes not affiliated with the CPM such as the late Prime Minister Tunku Abdul Rahman and UMNO founder Dato' Onn Jaafar.[12]

On 30 August 2011, Karpal Singh, Bukit Gelugor MP responded by saying that the 25 policemen were true patriot and that Mat Sabu's statements were ill-advised.[13]

However, the Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS) denied all the allegations and defended Mohamad Sabu's statement and claims.[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Habibu, Sira (4 June 2011). "PAS polls result: Mat Sabu is new deputy, ulama lose out". The Star. Retrieved 5 June 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Tan, Joceline (5 June 2011). "Uncharted road ahead for PAS". The Star. Retrieved 5 June 2011. 
  3. ^ Ram Anand (31 August 2015). "GHB to take over dormant Workers Party". The Malaysian Insider. Retrieved 31 August 2015. 
  4. ^ FMT Reporters (31 August 2015). "Seven rebel MPs ditch PAS for breakaway GHB". Free Malaysia Today. Retrieved 9 September 2015. 
  5. ^ Rahmah Ghazali (31 August 2015). "GHB announces setting up of Parti Amanah Negara". The Star Online. Retrieved 9 September 2015. 
  6. ^ "GHB ambil alih Parti Pekerja Malaysia". Berita Harian. 31 August 2015. Retrieved 9 September 2015. 
  7. ^ Adrian Lai (31 August 2015). "GHB to form new Islamic party under existing political vehicle". New Straits Times. Retrieved 9 September 2015. 
  8. ^ Khairunnisa Kasnoon (31 August 2015). "Parti Amanah Negara jadi wadah politik GHB". Astro Awani. Retrieved 9 September 2015. 
  9. ^ Tan, Sharon (2 June 2009). "Mat Sabu likes the "progressive" way". Malaysia Today. Retrieved 5 June 2011. 
  10. ^ Results only available from the 2013 election.
  11. ^ "Waris tragedi Bukit Kepong tersinggung" (in Malay). Utusan Malaysia. 28 August 2011. Retrieved 2 September 2011. 
  12. ^ "Mat Sabu's remarks an insult, says Muhyiddin". The Star. 28 August 2011. Retrieved 2 September 2011. 
  13. ^ Bukit Kepong Tragedy: The 25 Policemen Were True Nationalists, Says Karpal, The Malaysian Mirror, 30 August 2011
  14. ^ "Isu sebenar ceramah Md Sabu" (in Malay). harakahdaily.net. Retrieved 2 September 2011. 

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