Rashid Hasnon willing to lead Johor PKR

Dewan Rakyat Deputy Speaker Rashid Hasnon

PORT DICKSON: Dewan Rakyat Deputy Speaker Rashid Hasnon has declared his willingness to be the next Johor PKR chief following news that Pasir Gudang MP Hassan Karim has stepped down from the post.

“If offered, I will accept the post,” Rashid told FMT at the venue of a PKR retreat here.

It is believed Hassan submitted his resignation letter last week and most of the PKR division leaders in Johor have proposed to party president Anwar Ibrahim that Rashid take over.

Rashid, who is the MP for Batu Pahat and a former Penang deputy chief minister, claimed he had the qualities needed for the post – political experience as well as the “knowledge and patience to listen to different views”.

“The branch leaders want their views and grievances to be heard,” he said. “They want someone who has the required patience. They want to see how they can help develop the state.”

He also said some of the party’s divisions and branches in the state needed to be strengthened.

Political observers are generally not surprised by Hassan’s resignation. He is known to have accepted the post reluctantly last December, having turned it down at first amid accusations of cronyism in the party following internal elections.

It is believed that he eventually accepted the appointment because top leaders of the party persuaded him to do so.