PETALING JAYA: After founding the party for 23 years, Socialist stalwart Nasir Hashim will be stepping down as a chairman of Parti Sosialis Malaysia.
According to PSM central committee member S Arutchelvan, Nasir would retire at the party congress next week together with Deputy chairman M Sarasvathy.
They were required to step down due to a central committee resolution in 2007 that set a limit of 10 years or five terms for anyone holding the positions of chairman, deputy chairman, secretary-general and treasurer.
Nasir was the founding chairman of PSM and fought a 10-year struggle from 1998 to secure the party’s registration.
In 2008, he was elected to the Selangor state assembly when he won the Kota Damansara seat on a PKR ticket. In 1969, he gained his first success as a socialist politician, when four members of Parti Socialis Rakyat were elected in Penang and Pahang.
However, in 2013, he didn’t receive the same fate. Nasir failed to secure re-election.
For 15 years, Nasir was detained under the Internal Security Act during the infamous Ops Lallang crackdown of 1987. He also spent time in police lock-ups on other occasions.