Nasir Hashim will step down as chairman of the Socialist Party of Malaysia, a position he has held since the party was founded 23 years ago. Central Committee member S Arutchelvan said Nasir would step down at the party’s congress next week. Deputy Chairman M Sarasvathy will also step down.
Arutchelvan explained Nasir and Sarasvathy had to step down in line with the 2007 central committee resolution which limited the term of office of chairman, deputy chairman, secretary-general, and treasurer to 5 terms or 10 years.
Nasir is the founder of PSM and has been trying for 10 years to register his party since 1998. He was elected as Kota Damansara Assemblyman in 2008 on a PKR ticket because his party has not been registered.
His victory was the first for a socialist politician since 1969 when 4 members of the People’s Socialist Party were elected in Penang and Pahang.
Nasir how not elected in 2013.
Nasir was detained for 15 years under the Internal Security Act in Operation Lalang 1987. Sarasvathy was detained in 2011 under the Emergency Ordinance along with 5 other PSM leaders.