Amanah has no tolerance for dirty campaigning tactics, says Mat Sabu

  • Nation
  • Friday, 06 Dec 2019

SHAH ALAM: Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah) will not tolerate dirty campaigning tactics by those vying for positions in the party, says its president Mohamad Sabu.

"We have a disciplinary committee which will look into such allegations and take the proper actions against those who do so," he said during a press conference after the fourth Amanah National Convention on Friday (Dec 6).

The convention will also see the first party election in Amanah for the central party leadership council. The Defence Minister also refused to comment on developments in other parties in Pakatan Harapan, adding that Amanah believed every party had its own way to deal with its members.

Earlier, in his opening speech, Mohamad, popularly known as Mat Sabu, said Pakatan is a victim of its own success because "we are so open until our Opposition can lambast us badly."

"Even then, that is the strength of the Pakatan government which proves that there is a mature democracy where the government dares to face its critics openly.

"This is in line with Pakatan's promises to be fair to all including the Opposition. We will not repeat the failure of Barisan Nasional which did not allow more space for the media and pure democracy when they ruled," said Mohamad.

He also made his audience laugh when he apologised for not being able to make "interesting speeches" after joining the Cabinet.

"I have to be careful with my words now," said Mohamad.

The convention was also attended by leaders from the party's coalition partners in Pakatan - Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia, DAP and PKR.

Listing the major successes of the five ministers of Amanah who helm the Ministries of Defence, Health, Agriculture and Agro-based Industry, Federal Territories, and the Prime Minister's Department (Religious Affairs), Mohamad said it was not true that the manifesto promises were not met.

"We have managed to fulfil 60% of the promises made in the manifesto," he said.

He also reminded the delegates not to be trapped by the spoils of success.

He also warned of the narrative of race which was constantly used to divide the Malays.

"We are faced with the clash of the 'threatened Malays' and the 'freedom for democracy'. The biggest challenge we face today can put this country into instability.

"The issue of 'threatened Malays' is built by failed politicians, for votes. They want the Malays to always feel being shadowed by worry and chasing what is never really there.

"The issues of religion, anti-Icerd, Rome Statute and as such, are the continuation of the worries of the old Malays, who are replaced by different actors," said Mohamad.

Umno and PAS have stated that Icerd (International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination) and the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court jeopardise the privileges of the Malays, should these be recognised by Malaysia.

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