No racial games for Pakatan, says Amanah president

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JOHOR BAHRU: Umno may have had to resort to racial games for support, but Amanah will continue to stand behind those who fight for clean and transparent governance, regardless of their race or religion.

Amanah president Mohamad Sabu said for Pakatan Harapan (PH), the main issues in the next general election (GE14) are corruption and the state of the country’s economy.

“Racial issues are still widespread and heavily played up. We even have Malay intellectuals coming to our office, saying they feared that if Barisan Nasional (BN) falls, Lim Kit Siang will become the prime minister.

“This is the fear that Umno has planted in the Malays, to get them to support the party. They instill the fear of the Chinese taking over the country.

“But while racial games have worked before, I’m sure it no longer will in the next general election because the public knows if BN falls, PH will govern Malaysia.”

Mohamad, better known as Mat Sabu, was speaking at a fundraising dinner in Gelang Patah near here, last night.

Over 1,600 people showed up, along with other PH leaders such as former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad, DAP supremo Kit Siang, DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng, and former law minister Zaid Ibrahim.

Mohamad said that unlike the ruling BN coalition, race is never a factor in determining allies or opponents when it comes to the opposition pact.

“We support Kit Siang because of his long fight against corruption and embezzlement. We support Guan Eng because he practices good governance in Penang.

“We support (former opposition leader) Anwar (Ibrahim) because he keeps fighting for the rakyat, even when he is in prison.

“We fight or support someone not because of that person’s race or religion, but because of their fight against corruption,” he said.

According to Mohamad, with Mahathir now on their side, the opposition’s confidence in winning the next general election is at an all-time high.

“When we see the former prime minister, who is now PH’s adviser, celebrated by the multi-racial crowd tonight, I’m sure (prime minister) Najib (Razak) is afraid.

“And if the Malays in the rural and Felda areas are no longer afraid to bring a change, Najib’s administration will finally come to an end,” he said.