Amanah man says PAS insists on being a part of Pakatan Rakyat as they know that many seats were won previously with the coalition’s support.
PETALING JAYA: Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad of Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah) has claimed that PAS Selangor is adamant on being a partner in Pakatan Rakyat as they are aware that many of their Parliament and state seats could not have been won in the last general elections had it not been for the coalition’s support.
Speaking to FMT, Dzulkefly, who is strategic director of Amanah, said PAS Selangor was concerned they would lose seats if their central leaders insisted on backtracking and “flip-flopping” on their commitment to uphold a coalition platform for the Opposition.
“Because of PAS’s antics in wanting to be an adviser to BN (Barisan Nasional) and embracing Perkasa – I think these Selangor leaders feel that by the 14th GE (general elections), they will be ‘dead meat’ meaning that PAS will be back to its 12th GE baseline results of ‘zero seats’ in Selangor in both the state and federal levels,” he said.
“Maybe not zero but close to it in the 14th GE if this situation persists so they are understandably very wary.”
He added that there was growing resentment amongst PAS state leaders like Husam Musa in Kelantan and Salleh Man in Penang because they too were wary of the latest developments in PAS and the changing attitudes and trends of the top leadership.
“Their resentment and dissenting voices are a reflection of the feelings of the grassroots of PAS as well, particularly in Kelantan and Penang,” he said.
“In Kelantan, a survey by Ilham Centre last week revealed that more than 50 per cent of PAS grassroots are not with the central leadership,” he said, attributing this specifically to the PAS government’s failure to deliver on promises made.
He cited allegations of mismanagement of logging tender procedures and cronyism with some leaders already having been investigated and apprehended by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission.
When asked why he felt PAS Selangor – although being at odds with their central leadership – refused to join Pakatan Harapan, Dzulkefly said, “That’s the RM2.6 billion question.
“We welcomed them into Amanah but that’s a judgement call, after all they are our old friends and some are still good friends and most of them are also professionals,” he said.
“They have to liberate themselves and find true honour and dignity.”