SANDAKAN: Amanah today said it regretted the action of a former member who reportedly claimed to have received the support of the party’s leadership to contest as an independent candidate in the Sandakan by-election.
Amanah communications director Khalid Samad, who is also the federal territories minister, said any former Amanah member who claims to have the backing of party president Mohamad Sabu in the by-election is lying.
“Amanah is a component party of Pakatan Harapan (PH), which only supports the DAP candidate in the Sandakan by-election,” he said when met by reporters after attending a DAP ceramah for the by-election here last night.
On Tuesday, Sabah Amanah lodged a police report against Hamzah Abdullah, an independent candidate who allegedly campaigned with the Amanah party logo.
The report was made by Sabah Amanah Youth chief Khairuddin Daud after seeing several individuals wearing T-shirts with the Amanah party logo campaigning and distributing leaflets for the independent candidate at Kim Fung market here.
Hamzah resigned as Sabah Amanah chairman one day before nomination day on Saturday.
Khalid described the DAP candidate, Vivian Wong, as a young candidate with potential and the edge to represent Sandakan in Parliament.
He compared her to the opposition candidate from Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS), Linda Tsen, whom he said had not contributed much in parliamentary debates during her term as Batu Sapi MP.
Asked on the use of local sentiments by PBS in the by-election, Khalid said the federal government is capable of serving Sabah better than Barisan Nasional (BN) did previously.
Under PH, he said, Sabah had been treated fairly, citing the bill to amend Article 1(2) of the Federal Constitution to make Sabah and Sarawak equal partners with the peninsula.
“Our honesty has been proven by bringing the bill. All MPs from PH supported but BN MPs did not vote, to let the amendment bill fail,” Khalid said.