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Amanah confident it will be well-received

Zaidi Azmi
Written by Zaidi Azmi

KUALA LUMPUR – September 7, 2015: A former Pas leader, who is now a part of the Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah) leadership has expressed confidence that the newly formed party would be well-received by Malaysians.

Amanah committee member Khalid Abdul Samad said the new party would not only appeal to the silent majority and youths but also to disillusioned members in existing political parties.

Khalid, who is the Shah Alam member of parliament attributed his confidence on Amanah’s Islamic ideology and its commitment to become a strong opposition party.

He said although Amanah is founded upon the Islamic ideology, it is not an exclusive Muslim party.

“Everyone from whatever background and faiths can join Amanah.

“We have received positive feedbacks from the public, not only from Muslims and Malays but also the non-Malays and especially those who are not yet affiliated to any political party,” he said.

“Right now we are in the midst of disseminating our membership forms.

“I don’t know the exact number of members Amanah has right now but the exact figures will be disclosed on the Sept 16, which will be the official launching of Amanah,” he said adding that the venue of the launching will be announced soon.

Khalid added that Amanah will form a new coalition with DAP and PKR to replace Pas, after the latter severed its ties with the two over Pas’ insistence on implementing the hudud law in Kelantan.

The fallout of the now-defunct Pakatan coalition happened after Pas passed a non-debatable motion proposing its Syura Council to severe ties with DAP.

Currently, Amanah is being spearheaded by former Pas leaders who lost in the recent party election.

On the argument that Amanah would never truly gain support as its leaders could not even win in Pas’ party election, Khalid said that does not necessarily reflect the waning of those leaders’ influence.

“Not every single Pas’ member was present during the party election, so it would be wrong to assume that the masses no longer support us.

“Let’s assume that we only have 30 per cent of the total support from Pas’ members and that 30 per cent is actually around 300,000.

“That figure alone, is enough to achieve our expected number of members by September 16th which is only 35, 000,” he said.

When asked on the legality of Amanah, due to the rejection of its re-branding application by the Registrar of Societies (RoS), Khalid explained that Amanah will continue to operate as a political party.

The re-branding application previously sent because members of the Gerakan Harapan Baru (GHB), who are founders of Amanah, took over an existing dormant party called The Malaysian Worker’s Party (PPM) in order to form Amanah.

GHB then submitted a re-branding application to change the name of the PPM to Amanah but the application was rejected due to the contradictory nature of PPM’s constitutions.

Deputy Home Minister Datuk Nur Jazlan said that PPM cannot be re-branded as Amanah as it is not a political party but a party which champions the rights of workers.

Khalid contended Nur Jazlan’s reasoning and told The Mole that even though the re-branding was not successful, PPM will still be promoted as Amanah.

“It was a stupid statement (by Nur Jazlan) but we will go ahead with our plans because we are already a registered party.

“As for the party’s name, we will use the name Amanah and put the party’s former name in bracket,” said Khalid.

Last Saturday it was reported that more than a hundred Pas members from the Kulai and Tenggara divisions in Johor had announced their resignations to join Amanah.

Among former Pas leaders now leading Amanah are its chairman Mohamad Sabu, general adviser Ahmad Awang, deputy chairman Salahudin Ayub, vice-chairman Datuk Dr Mujahid Yusof Rawa, muslimat chief Dr Mariah Ahmad, youth chief Mohd Sany Hamzan.

Other former Pas leaders in Amanah leadership line-up are Mohd Anuar Mohd Tahir as secretary-general, Asmuwi Ani as treasurer-general and Suhaizan Kaiat as organisation secretary.

They are all formerly from the Pas’ so-called progressive faction who were defeated by their pro-ulama rivals in the last Pas election.

Other former Pas leaders who are now the new party’s committee members are Dr Mohd Hatta Md Ramli, Mohd Hanifa Maidin, Datuk Seri Mohd Nizar Jamaludin and Datuk Phahrolrazi Mohd.

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If Zaidi Azmi isn’t busy finding his way in the city, this 26-year-old northern kampung boy can be found struggling to make sense of the Malaysian political scene. Zaidi can be reached at zaidiazmi91@gmail.com.