Mat Sabu: Amanah not afraid to face PAS in by-elections

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  • Sunday, 15 May 2016

KUALA LUMPUR: Parti Amanah Negara says it is unfazed by the prospect of squaring off against PAS in multi-cornered fights in the upcoming Sungai Besar and Kuala Kangsar by-elections.

However, the party has urged Opposition coalition Pakatan Harapan to hold a presidential council meeting as soon as possible to decide on the candidates for the two polls, which will be held on June 18.

Amanah president Mohamad Sabu, speaking at a media conference after the party's central committee meeting here on Sunday, said there is nothing Pakatan can do to stop PAS from contesting but it will affect his party's chances.

He said Amanah leaders and members formerly from PAS have experience contesting or helping the Opposition's campaign in multi-cornered fights, including the 2009 Bukit Selambau by-election, in which 13 candidates slugged it out.

Mohamad said calls by DAP or PKR leaders that Amanah sit out the by-elections can be discussed in the presidential council meeting.

"We will respect whatever decision that comes from the upcoming Pakatan presidential council meeting.

"What we want is for Pakatan to only have one candidate in each of the by-elections," said Mohamad.

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