Malaysia Dateline

Mohamad Sabu

Now is the time to strengthen Amanah, says Mat Sabu

Amanah members have been urged to double their efforts to recruit members and open new party branches all over the country, in the run-up to the next general election.

Amanah president Mohamad Sabu said members should not spend too much time in speculative talks which could not be verified, saying they could hurt efforts to strengthen the year-old party.

“I urge all Amanah members to give their attention to the most important task before indulging in speculations over the general election or seat disbursement.

“Amanah at all levels must maximise the role of its national committee and its Women and Youth wings in disseminating information to the people,” said Mat Sabu.

He said the entry of former Pas vice-president Datuk Husam Musa to Amanah should be utilised to recruit more members for the party.

“Let us use whatever time we have now to strengthen the party and attract more members before the 14th general election,” he said.

Amanah was formed by former members and leaders of Pas, following the change of leadership after a divisive muktamar last year.

Amanah leaders, who advocate a more progressive outlook, said they left their former party due to differences over Pas’s more friendly approach to the Najib administration as well as its refusal to work with Pakatan Rakyat.

Late last month, Husam, who was once a senior exco in Kelantan, announced his decision to join Amanah, months after he was sacked from Pas for criticising party leaders.

Husam has been a vocal critic of the Pas-led Kelantan government following the death of Menteri Besar Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat in 2015.