KUALA LUMPUR: Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah) hopes that it does not need to replace PAS to govern Kelantan but is prepared to do so if the need arises.
According to Amanah strategic director Dzulkefly Ahmad, his party is ready to go all out to defend Kelantan if PAS shows that it is incapable of retaining the state in the next general election.
Dzulkefly was responding to recent attacks by PAS that Amanah aspires to topple PAS rule in the state which has been in the hands of the Islamic party since 1990.
PAS leaders have attacked Amanah president Mohamad Sabu whom they claimed had expressed his desire to plant his party’s influence in Kelantan despite first saying it was not going to interfere with PAS.
“I’ve spoken to the Amanah president and (Amanah Kelantan Chief) Wan (Abdul Rahim Wan Abdullah) about this.
“What had been said is that if Kelantan PAS is not ready to defend the state due to circumstances, Amanah will come in to defend the legacy of Tok Guru (Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat).
“Amanah is ready to take over rather than let the state fall to Umno and BN,” he told Berita Daily.
Dzulkefly said Amanah would gauge PAS’ readiness to defend Kelantan through its own research.
“If our research finds that PAS is solid in Kelantan, we have no business to be there.
“But the point here is we must ensure that Kelantan doesn’t fall. If there is a possibility of losing, we will come in strong with our candidates, but we don’t want that to happen,” he added.
Previously, Mohamad was reported to have said that Amanah was ready to replace PAS in governing Kelantan after the next general election while Wan Abdul Rahim contradicted his party boss by saying that Amanah was not looking to topple the PAS state government in the state.
Amanah, which was formed by former PAS leaders, draws its biggest support from Kelantan.