Malaysia Dateline

Amanah ready to contest in twin by elections

New trend of Umno members switching to opposition candidates, says Mohamad Sabu

Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah) president Mohamad Sabu said the upcoming twin by-elections in Sungai Besar and Kuala Kangsar would see Umno members throwing their support behind the opposition.

Mohamad said this was part of a new political trend of Umno members shunning their party president and prime minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak, in the wake of revelations of personal corruption.

“It’s not because his name is Najib. The problem is he is the prime minister. All these scandals have brought hardship upon the people.

“It is nothing strange that at the coming polls, Umno members will contest on the Amanah ticket. This is the political trend, the good party will be supported, the bad will be opposed,” said the veteran politician at a ceramah held in Kuala Kangsar last night.

He said the same trend had seen the emergence of the Citizens’ Declaration spearheaded by former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to press for Najib’s resignation.

Mohamad said although the movement was largely made up of Umno leaders and former members, it could work together with the opposition on the common objective to save the country by ousting Najib.

“So in the coming by-elections, we should reject Umno and its advisers,” said Mohamad.

“The people should send a signal to Najib.”

Addressing Amanah’s election machinery in Perak, Mohamad admitted that if given the green light to contest the two by-elections, Amanah would go in as an “underdog”.

“We are just seven months old. We will be going there as the underdog. So let us not be arrogant.

“We must work hard to get as many votes as we can from the Malays, Chinese, Indians and from the Umno members,” he added.