Cloudy outlook for Amanah as party set to get sliver of seats

Details shared by PKR MP Shamsul Iskandar Mohd Akin (pic) on his Facebook page last night suggest that Amanah could also lose seats it should have expected to contest as a natural rival to PAS. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng
Details shared by PKR MP Shamsul Iskandar Mohd Akin (pic) on his Facebook page last night suggest that Amanah could also lose seats it should have expected to contest as a natural rival to PAS. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 9 — Once touted as a challenger to PAS, offshoot Islamist Opposition Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah) now appears destined for obscurity as it will get the fewest seats of the four Pakatan Harapan (PH) components.

Adding insult to injury, details shared by PKR MP Shamsul Iskandar Mohd Akin on his Facebook page last night suggest that Amanah could also lose seats it should have expected to contest as a natural rival to PAS.

In the post, which incorporated the breakdown of all MP seats except for those in Sabah and Sarawak, Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) got the most seats; in fact one more than PKR.  

PPBM is even being allocated more seats than Amanah in Kelantan — a state that is traditionally contested and won by PAS. Ironically, Amanah is founded by ex-members of the Islamist party.

Amanah also does not get any allocations for Federal Territories seats as, according to the post, DAP and PKR get five seats each and PPBM takes on Putrajaya and Titiwangsa.

Pendang, another Kedah seat that was contested and lost by Amanah president Mohamad Sabu in the previous election, is also being allocated to PPBM.

And as predicted, PPBM gets Langkawi and Jerlun — seats which were earlier contested by PKR and PAS.

There is, however, a silver lining for Amanah as, based on the post, the party gets to contest in PAS Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang’s Marang seat in Terengganu.

The post also shows Amanah being given the Shah Alam seat, dismissing rumours that Selangor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Azmin Ali may be contesting there.

Elsewhere, Amanah gets zero allocation in Perlis, two in Johor namely Pulai and Parit Sulong; Temerloh, Pahang and Lumut, Perak.

PPBM, according to Shamsul, will be going up mostly against Umno seats as speculated, including Tan Sri Noh Omar’s stronghold in Tanjung Karang.

In Penang, it is a status quo situation with PPBM and Amanah both sharing two of PAS’ seats.

Malay Mail has attempted to reach Shamsul for confirmation on this to check if the post he made was by PH or his own.

At Pakatan Harapan’s second convention, PH leaders agreed to allocate 52 seats to PPBM, 51 seats to PKR, 35 seats to DAP and 27 seats to Amanah in peninsula.

At the convention, it was also announced that former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad will be the prime minister if PH wins in the 14th general election.

However, according to the coalition, the move will only be temporary to pave way for jailed leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to take over the position once he is released from prison on June 8.

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