Amanah deputy president Salahuddin Ayub has denied the allegation that he will be defecting to PPBM along with other 5 MPs.
Salahuddin who is Pulai MP said the rumours was merely an attempt to persuade him and others to leave his party and join the government parties.
“I am still Amanah MP and the other five are still seating at the opposition benches as the opposition MPs,” he said.
The report of the defection by Salahuddin and other 5 MPs was making its round on social media previously, saying that they would be joining the prime minister Muhyiddin Yassin’s side in order to prevent political crisis from happening again.
Now, Amanah has a total of 11 MPs in the Dewan Rakyat.
Salahuddin said this was the second times where rumours claiming that they would be hopping to the other parties.
“I feel so great because we are six from Amanah, it is said that I will lead to leave Amanah and join PN. So far I am representing Pulai Parliamentary seat and still loyal to my struggle. I will not betray the trust and mandate of the Pulai people given to me.
“I will not jump the party (join PPBM and Perikatan Nasional), nor will my five friends who are Members of Parliament from Amanah. I am not a commodity for sale,” he said.
Apart from Salahuddin, Hulu Langat MP Hasanuddin Mohd Yunus Tampin MP Hasan Baharom, Temerloh MP Mohd Anuar Tahir Kuala Selangor MP Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad and Lumut MP Dr Mohd Hatta Ramli are said to be joining PPBM.
Salahuddin said he is convinced that PAS die hard supporters will not be voting for Barisan Nasional’s candidate in the upcoming Slim by-election.
He said, based on his experience in leading PAS leaderships previously, PAS members will not support, what more, giving out votes to Umno and Barisan Nasional.
“PAS supporters will This Pas cannot support Umno, nor can Umno, they cannot support Pas.
“These PAS supporters also cannot actually compromise with the abuse of power and kleptocracy that is currently in government with the Perikatan Nasional.
“So in this by-election, there will be hardcore PAS supporters taking action not to vote for BN, that I am very confident and believe,” he said.
Amanah vice-president Mahfuz Omar said the initial signal was given by PAS supporters by stating their commitment and support to vote for the Independent candidate representing (Pejuang), Amir Khusyairi Mohamad Tanusi.
He said, the average supporter of the party, the generation aged 50 and above is not comfortable and not happy with the political development of Pas which is now with Umno and Barisan Nasional.
“This is the fourth time I came to this campaign and met PAS members, some of them came to me to commemorate the events when they were with PAS before, they clearly gave support to our candidate, this will be seen in the voting process later,” he said.
Meanwhile, Amanah Communications Director, Khalid Abdul Samad described the image of PAS will sink if it continues with Umno and Barisan Nasional, especially in the division of seats which was traditionally contested by PAS candidates.
“Do not say this is a Perikatan Nasional candidate because it is clear that the symbol also uses dacing, even in the previous by-election what was highlighted was dacing instead of Perikatan Nasional.
“I myself do not understand how PAS can agree to join together but at the same time allow their image to sink just like that,” he said.