Mat Sabu admits PH's weak showing in Kemaman by-election

16 Dec 2023 01:45pm
 Amanah president  Datuk Seri Mohamad Sabu -  PIX by SINAR ASRIL ASWANDI SHUKOR.
Amanah president  Datuk Seri Mohamad Sabu - PIX by SINAR ASRIL ASWANDI SHUKOR.
KUALA LUMPUR - Amanah president Datuk Seri Mohamad Sabu admitted that not many leaders and members of his party and Pakatan Harapan (PH) came to help with campaigning during the recent Kemaman by-election (PRK).

Mat Sabu said this gave the impression that the government was giving in to the opponent.

"I'm a little upset about the by-election in Kemaman. The Amanah and PH teams are not very strong in Kemaman. Maybe we see a majority (against the previous election) of more than 28,000.

"If it is possible to count here of who went to Kemanan, maybe its not even up to three percent.

"(Supposedly) we have to show unity whether the candidate is from Umno, PH or even Amanah. When working together, we have to do it seriously. I am a minister, the president of this party and a husband and I went to Kemaman every night," he said when opening the Amanah Convention 2023 in Bangsar here.

Also present were Amanah Youth Leader, Mohd Hasbie Muda, Umno Youth Leader, Dr Muhamad Akmal Saleh and DAP Youth Executive Committee (DAPSY) deputy Young Syefura Othman.

Meanwhile, Mat Sabu also reminded leaders and party members to continue to maintain the integrity of the party, even though it is currently in the government coalition.

"In whatever position we are in, don't forget to strengthen our party. When we are in government there is not really much (opportunity) to attract people to support the party.

"So, the strength of the party is quite important whether we are the opposition or the government," he said.
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On Dec 2, Pas managed to maintain the status quo when it won the Kemaman by-election with a larger majority with the addition of more than 10,000 votes.

Its candidate, Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Samsuri Mokhtar won with a majority of 37,220 votes compared to the 27,179 votes won by the previous incumbent, Che Alias ​​Hamid in the 15th General Election (GE15).