KOTA BARU: Short of pressing the panic button, Kelantan PAS has started going to the ground to identify members who are likely to join the alternative party Amanah.
State PAS deputy commissioner Datuk Mohd Amar Abdullah said PAS was not taking chances despite the common perception that Amanah, formerly known as Gerakan Harapan Baru, would not be able to get PAS members to join it.
“We are compiling a list of PAS members who have some leanings to this new party.
“We are going to monitor their actions and public statements before we hold a meeting with the PAS central committee,” he said.
At the central committee meeting on Sept 11, the party will discuss what action they will be taken against the turncoats.
“Amanah is a poison to PAS,” he said, adding although Amanah would struggle to make inroads in Kelantan, the party would not leave it to chance.
He said this after attending the state executive councillor meeting at Kota Darul Naim here yesterday.
The Deputy Mentri Besar said Amanah could bring down PAS in the 14th general election, as the party would contest in PAS areas.
“And if the votes are split three ways, Umno will emerge the eventual winner.
“I cannot understand why Amanah is still adamant to set up the party that will surely benefit Umno.
“Are they so blind as to appease their DAP masters to the extent of fighting PAS for nothing?”
On another matter, Mohd Amar said the disciplinary committee would follow the guidelines within the party's constitution in acting against party traitors who had joined Amanah.
“Show cause letters will be issued to members suspected of supporting Amanah,” he said, adding that eventually they would be given warning and suspension letters, or would be sacked.
He added that any statements or actions by PAS members including Nik Umar Nik Abdul Aziz, the son of the late former Kelantan mentri besar Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat would be scrutinised.
Among the big names that has been submitted for disciplinary action are Kota Baru division commissioner Datuk Wan Abdul Rahim Wan Abdullah and Kuala Krai MP Dr Mohd Hatta Ramli.
To a question, Mohd Amar said PAS was a party that had gone through trials and tribulations and survived all these years and was ready to do it alone in the coming general election.