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Amanah offers to be ‘peacekeepers’ to stop PAS-PKR squabble

Posted: 24 May 2016 02:00 AM PDT

Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah) says it wants to contest in the Sungai Besar and Kuala Kangsar by-elections in order to play its role as "peacekeepers".

Amanah communications director Khalid Samad said it was best for the party to contest in the polls as anything otherwise would affect the Selangor government.

"For us in Amanah, let us contest. We don't want PKR and PAS to fight because it will affect the relationship between them in the state government.

"By allowing us to contest in the polls, it will strengthen the party's position in Pakatan Harapan as the replacement for PAS where we can get the support of Malay Muslims," he told reporters at Parliament lobby.

The Shah Alam MP said this would also enable the party to gauge the support of the people.

Asked if Amanah would be agreeable to the idea of contesting one of the two seats while PAS contested the other, Khalid said it would depend on the ongoing negotiations which would conclude at the Pakatan presidential meeting.
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'Show your manliness,' contest individually, opposition parties told

Posted: 23 May 2016 11:12 PM PDT

Opposition parties have been told to "show your manliness" and each field its own candidates in the two upcoming by-elections.

Lenggong MP Datuk Anuar Nasarah of Umno said PKR, PAS and Parti Amanah Negara should cease negotiating among themselves on who should contest in the parliamentary seats of Sungai Besar and Kuala Kangsar.

"I advise PKR, PAS and Amanah, no need to negotiate among yourselves, just contest individually.

"Show off your manliness. Let the people decide who is better, PAS or PKR Amanah or DAP," he told reporters at Paliament lobby.

Anuar said the "bickering" by the opposition parties over the seats should serve as an advantage to Barisan Nasional.

"The more people contest the more it reflects democracy.

"We are ready for more competition and I believe that Barisan Nasional will overcome all obstacles," he said.

The opposition parties have been negotiating over the two seats with PKR deputy president Datuk Seri Azmin Ali allegedly issuing an "ultimatum" to PAS to back its candidate in Sungai Besar or its three executive councillors would be sacked from the Selangor exco.

PAS president Datuk Seri Hadi Awang has been adamant that the party would field candidates in both by-elections.

Amanah has also reiterated its stand to join in the fray.

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