Pas unperturbed by Amanah’s recruitment drive

Zaidi Azmi
Written by Zaidi Azmi

KUALA LUMPUR – September 7, 2015: A Pas leader has insisted that the party was unperturbed over reports that a large number of its members have joined the new Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah).

Pas Dewan Ulamak chief Datuk Mahfodz Mohammad said the number of Pas members joining the Pas’ splinter party was “not alarming at all.”

“In Johor, Amanah announced that they were expecting nearly 5,000 Pas members to join them but so far, they only managed to convince around 400 to do that.

“On the other hand, two days ago we did an assembly in Tangkak and we received a total of 600 membership forms…so, as far we are concerned, there are more members signing in than those dropping out,” he said.

Mahfodz nonetheless conceded that Pas may eventually lose at least 1,000 of its members to Amanah.

“But, that will not be a huge problem for us as in Johor, we have about 13,000 members.

“If we look at the trend where we have more members joining Pas as opposed to the numbers of those who left the party…it would be safe to assume that even if we lost 1,000 members, we will surely get more new members.

On the possibility of Pas forming an alliance with Amanah, Mahfodz said it is too early for Amanah to even think about forming a coalition with any party.

“Officially, Amanah does not yet exist as it has failed to register itself. The party does not even has ample grass-root support.

“The only thing they have are leaders and leaders alone cannot move an entire party. Therefore it is too soon for Amanah leaders to be talking about forming an alliance with anyone,” he stressed.

Mahfodz added that in terms of political alliance, Pas still regard PKR as its ally but he feels that the Islamist party could always “fly solo” should PKR decided to dissolve their partnership.

“It would not be a problem for Pas to be on its own. In fact, it would be convenient for our party to do so as we can contest for more seats in the next general election,” said Mahfodz.

Amanah was formed by several former Pas leaders who have lost their positions in the recent party election.

It was reported that Amanah will form a new coalition with DAP and PKR to replace Pas, when the latter severed its ties with the two over its insistence in implementing the hudud law in Kelantan.

The splinter party has been actively recruiting new members, mainly from Pas.

Amanah chairman Mohamad Sabu (Mat Sabu), reportedly said that the party would be able to get at least 35,000 members before its official launching on Sept 16.

Mat Sabu, who is the former Pas deputy president was also confident that 70 per cent of Pas members in Johor, Melaka and Negeri Sembilan will join Amanah when it is officially launched.

Among  former Pas leaders who now leads Amanah are its general adviser Ahmad Awang, deputy chairman Salahudin Ayub, vice-chairman Datuk Dr Mujahid Yusof Rawa, Wanita chief Dr Mariah Ahmad and Youth chief Mohd Sany Hamzan.

Also appointed to the committee were Mohd Anuar Mohd Tahir as secretary-general, Asmuwi Ani as treasurer-general and Suhaizan Kaiat as organisation secretary.

Other former Pas leaders who are now Amanah committee members are Dr Mohd Hatta Md Ramli, Mohd Hanifa Maidin, Datuk Seri Mohd Nizar Jamaludin and Datuk Phahrolrazi Mohd Zawawi.



About the author

Zaidi Azmi

Zaidi Azmi

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.