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Mohamad Sabu

Amanah will survive, says Mat Sabu

Amanah president Mohamad Sabu said he was confident the year-old party would survive and continue to evolve into a viable political front even if it could not make a mark at the next general election.

He said based on his 38 years of experience in PAS, Amanah’s growth and acceptance among the people were comparatively faster.

“Amanah aims for a victory at the next elections but failing that, we will persevere and continue to grow into a strong party of the future.

“This is the wish of the people, both Muslims and non-Muslims,” Mat Sabu said in a statement.

He urged Amanah’s supporters not to feel demotivated by the many analyses on the party’s future.

“Amanah as an ideological, contemporary and inclusive party will survive and continue to grow beyond the general election.

“There had been much bigger political parties such as Semangat 46 led by ministers and Umno leaders. Yet this party could not survive and only lasted two general elections.

“For us in Amanah, we are aware that the next general election will be a great test and we want to win it.”

He said Pas which was formed in 1951 had a slower start compared to Amanah.

The Islamic party, he said, could only win a single seat in the initial stages, but in 1959, it went on claim huge victories in Kelantan and Terengganu,” said Mat Sabu, who joined the party in 1978.

He said together with leaders Yusuf Rawa, Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang and Datuk Fadhil Noor, they worked hard to spread PAS’s influence in Johor, Negri Sembilan, Melaka, Selangor, Pahang and southern Perak.

He said there was a time PAS would always lose its electoral deposit.

“Even in the last elections, there were still Pas candidates who lost their deposit such as in Kota Tinggi, Johor.”

He recalled that the rift last year had led to the formation of Amanah, with many members coming into the new party’s fold.

He said Amanah had grown steadily in the last one year and was now joined by academics and activists.