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Veterans to attend Amanah launch

 | July 21, 2011

Former ministers and elected reps are expected to dominate the inauguration of Tengku Razaleigh’s NGO

KOTA BAHRU: The launch of Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah’s Angkatan Amanah Merdeka tomorrow is expected to draw some political veterans, including former MCA president Ong Tee Keat and former MIC deputy president S Subramaniam.

Others who may attend are former minister Abdul Kadir Sheikh Fadzir, Penang Malays Association president Yusoff Latiff and a few leaders from Sabah and Sarawak.

But sources said the crowd would be dominated by members of Mubarak, the association of former elected representatives.

Kita president Zaid Ibrahim has confirmed his attendance, saying he supported Tengku Razaleigh’s initiative “one hundred percent” and that the new NGO would be a palliative against the current politicking that had turned the country into a “combat zone”.

It is learnt that not many prominent leaders from either Barisan Nasional or Pakatan Rakyat would attend.

PAS vice-president Husam Musa said some PAS members might attend, not necessarily to join Amanah, but to give it moral support because the party and the NGO upheld similar principles.

Invitations were sent through SMS last night.

One of the recipients was Kelantan opposition leader Alwi Che Ahmad, but he told FMT the launch conflicted with another event he had to attend.

Meanwhile, individuals close to Tengku Razaleigh have dismissed speculation that he intended to quit Umno, saying he still believed that the party could be reformed from within.

They said Amanah would have a multi-ethnic membership.

“Anyone who believes in our principles can join up,” said one of the aides.

Tengku Razaleigh said recently that the group would advocate the democratic values espoused by the late Tunku Abdul Rahman, Malaysia’s first prime minister.

The aides said Amanah might press for a compromise between BN and Pakatan Rakyat in the interest of national unity, especially if no clear winner were to emerge in the coming general election.

“There comes a time when the future of the country must take precedence over political interests,” said one aide.


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