Amanah admits tough ride ahead

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SHAH ALAM: Amanah today admitted that the party would find it tough to establish itself in the face of opposition from both PAS and Umno which are considered major parties representing the Malays, said its communications director Khalid Samad.

The Shah Alam MP said Amanah, formed months after the purge of the “progressive” faction at the PAS muktamar last year, was unlike other Malay-based parties formed to challenge Umno.

He said the now-defunct Semangat 46 formed by Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah had been embraced by PAS, and the same was the case with PKR and Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM).

“At Amanah, we are attacked by both Umno and PAS. We will have a harder time to gain a foothold in the country,” Khalid told delegates at the Amanah National Convention which ended today.

“If we want to be accepted by the people, we must have an identity. That identity must be about trust and we need to be confident of ourselves and the party.”

Khalid said its six odd MPs in the Dewan Rakyat had successfully championed issues of public concerns.

“Imagine, if we have 20 to 30 MPs, we can do a lot more.”

Khalid said while the party had its weaknesses, it had a bright future.

“We do not follow the old ways from our previous party (PAS). Now in Amanah, if someone says they do not have the confidence in the party, we prove to them that we are a worthy party,” he said.

He said while members wished to see the party contest as many seats as possible at the next polls, Amanah was committed to work within Pakatan Harapan’s framework.

“Not unilaterally by claiming this is my seat. This is the style of the previous party,” he said referring to his former party PAS, whose candidates clashed with its allies in the now defunct Pakatan Rakyat coalition during the 2013 general election.