Committee members defend Mat Sabu staying on as Amanah president

Mohamad Sabu, seen here with his deputy, Salahuddin Ayub, was retained as Amanah president in a unanimous decision.

KUALA LUMPUR: Amanah Central Committee members have defended Mohamad Sabu’s reappointment as party president for the 2019-2022 term.

“I was prepared to move to a lower position but they wanted me to stay,” Mohamad Sabu, better known as Mat Sabu, told a press conference after the second day of the Amanah National Convention 2019.

Meanwhile, vice-president Mahfuz Omar said the national leadership committee decided to retain Mat Sabu unanimously because he was experienced and has made many sacrifices for the party.

Khalid Samad said Sabu still raked in more than 70% of the votes, making him a popular candidate.

Mat Sabu, who is defence minister, received 681 votes.

”What we need to understand is the elections were not held to appoint the president, but to pick the national leadership committee. That is our system (in the party constitution),” Khalid added.

He added that there there was a need to maintain the leadership for continuity and effectiveness of the party’s agenda.

”We don’t want a change in the middle of the journey. There were no problems with the previous leadership.”

Last night, the 822 Amanah representatives voted to elect 27 national leadership committee members in the first-ever party elections.

All Amanah ministers managed to maintain their positions in the committee.

Khalid, who is the party’s communications director, came in first with 786 votes.

Others who received a high number of votes included Mahfuz (780), vice-president Mujahid Yusof Rawa (755) and deputy president Salahuddin Ayub (765).