SHAH ALAM: Amanah president Mohamad Sabu said members from PAS, especially from Kelantan and Terengganu, were shifting to Amanah in “waves”.
He said because of this, he was confident Amanah could overtake PAS in the east coast, but said this may take some time.
“With the Muafakat Nasional (cooperation between Umno and PAS), this seems difficult at the moment but we have time,” he told a press conference after closing the Amanah National Convention 2019.
Mohamad Sabu, better known as Mat Sabu, added that most of the members joining Amanah were from Pasir Mas.
“We were shocked, too. The numbers show that we have so many members in Pasir Mas,” he said, referring a district in Kelantan, which is traditionally a PAS stronghold.
The Umno-PAS unity charter was signed between leaders of the two parties last Sept 14.
Mat Sabu said PAS members were traditionally indoctrinated to hate Umno and call Umno members “kafir” (infidels). Therefore, he said it was not easy for some grassroots members to accept the charter.