Mat Sabu: Amanah candidates have what it takes

Amanah president Mohamad Sabu has been described as a ‘national figure’ who is popular among Malaysians of all races.

SHAH ALAM: Amanah president Mohamad Sabu has acknowledged that his party needs to establish its relevance as a component of Pakatan Harapan (PH) by winning the bulk of the seats it is vying for in the May 9 polls.

He described the Amanah candidates for parliament seats as politicians “of quality” and said he was confident they would win.

“We have candidates like Hanipa Maidin, Khalid Samad, Hatta Ramli, Mahfuz Omar, Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad and Mujahid Rawa, to name just a few,” he said.

He added that such personalities were known for their political acumen and, if elected, would contribute to the boosting of PH’s reputation as a coalition.

“These people played their role well while they were in PAS and, after they made their move to Amanah, they continued to enliven Parliament with their speeches.”

Amanah will be vying for 27 parliament seats.

Mohamad will be contesting in Kota Raja, where voters come from various races. Pundits have said such a seat is suitable for the Amanah president as he is popular among Malaysians of all races.

Amanah leaders meanwhile have described him as a “national figure” and said he could contest anywhere he wanted.

But he told FMT that party leaders decided more than two years ago to field him in a safe constituency.

He said the decision was made at Amanah’s first national convention in September 2015.

The leaders apparently considered the seat safe for Amanah because the incumbent, Siti Mariah Mahmud, is popular there and is a member of the party.

“Siti Mariah won the seat in the last two elections, and so it was decided I would contest there,” he said.

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