Amanah is confident that it has a good chance at winning Kelantan and Terengganu, the stronghold of Amanah top leaders’ former party, PAS.
Amanah president Mohamad Sabu told delegates that voters in Kelantan had independent minds, and once they change their votes, it is en masse.
“If Amanah doesn’t contest in Kelantan and lets BN contest against the old party (PAS), then BN has a good chance (at winning the state).
“But if Amanah contests in Kelantan, then Amanah will be their choice.
“With (Salor assemblyperson) Husam Musa grilling them (PAS) every night, out you go those who would call us by many names,” Mohamad told delegates at the first ever Amanah national convention in Shah Alam today.
Likewise Mohamad, fondly known as Mat Sabu, said Terengganu voters would abandon PAS should they side too closely with BN.
“If that happens, then Terengganu is ripe for Amanah,” he said.
Mohamad also said that together with the rest of Pakatan Harapan, the party will set their sights on Johor in the next general elections.
Kelantan has been held by PAS since 1990, while it has been vying to wrest Terengganu back from BN for the last two elections.
Since the split in PAS which led to Amanah’s birth, the Islamist party has grown closer to Umno, and the two have joined hands for Islamic causes.
This is most notable in PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang’s proposal to amend the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act, which Umno president and Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak said the government would take over.
PAS, however, insists that it would still oppose BN in the coming general election.
Meanwhile, Mohamad in his winding up speech, also made veiled references that PAS should not try to position itself as a kingmaker in the polls.
“The kingmaker targets to win 20 seats. If they are with Harapan then, Harapan will rule the country, but if they side with BN, then BN will rule.
“What do they call people who sell themselves like this? Dot, dot, dot.
“I’m not Donald Trump to say such things,” he said in jest, referring to the US president-elect’s penchance to make vulgar remarks.
‘Dot, dot, dot’ in Malay pop culture refers to a prostitute, following the Censorship Board’s decision to only allow the screening of the 1993 film ‘Perempuan, Isteri dan Jalang‘ (Woman, Wife and Whore) after the title was changed to ‘Perempuan, Isteri dan …‘.
Earlier Amanah Youth chief Sany Hamzan said that the party will contest wherever PAS contests.
“Two-cornered, three-cornered four-cornered, we will fight!” Sany said, departing from efforts by opposition leaders to ensure straight fights against BN in the next election.
Source : Zikri Kamarulzaman @ Malaysiakini