PETALING JAYA: Johor Amanah today dismissed claims they boycotted yesterday’s Pakatan Harapan convention.
However, it did not want to go into details why it did not attend the convention, only saying justice was not done to them.
A viral WhatsApp message had claimed that Johor Amanah chief Aminolhuda Hassan was insulted that its request to contest five parliamentary seats in the state was turned down and had decided to boycott PH’s gathering.
Without going into details, Aminolhuda said they just felt dissatisfied with the number of seats allocated to Amanah.
Yesterday, PH announced its allocation of parliamentary seats to contest in the coming 14th general election, with 52 seats given to PPBM, 35 to DAP, 51 to PKR and only 27 to Amanah.
“At the federal level, we sacrificed our only parliament seat in Kuala Lumpur for PPBM,” Aminolhuda said.
“Dr Hatta Ramli has resigned from his position as Kuala Lumpur Amanah chief to take responsibility for his failure to acquire even one seat.
“In Johor, DAP took over Ayer Hitam from Amanah.
“Amanah is just left with only two seats in Johor — in Pulai and Parit Sulong.
“We are one of the pillars for Pakatan in Johor. Before this, Johor had been declared as the front state for Amanah.
“Now, with Pakatan’s allocations, Johor has become the front state for PPBM, no longer Amanah.
“Earlier, the plan was for Amanah deputy president Salahuddin Ayub to be named Johor Pakatan Harapan chief. But that post was handed to Muhyiddin Yassin of PPBM.
“Amanah has kept on sacrificing for the solidarity and unity of the Pakatan in Johor and at the national level,” Aminolhuda told FMT.
He said it seems as if Amanah is the only party willing to sacrifice all this. The other parties in the coalition were just focusing on their leadership and own needs, he added.
Yesterday, during the convention, PH chairman Dr Mahathir Mohamad had paid a special tribute to Amanah president Mohamad Sabu for his party’s “generosity”. Mahathir’s remarks were greeted with a standing ovation from all PH leaders.
Mahathir said it was Amanah that had made the seat allocation negotiations a success.
The big sacrifice was done in order to save PH, said Mohamad, better known as Mat Sabu.
“We want PH to be a success and we do not want any obstruction to our success.
“This is only Parliament, and we will ask for more when we negotiate state seats.”