Amanah to discuss with Umno first before accepting ex-Umno members, says Salahuddin

JOHOR BARU: Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah) will hold discussion with Umno first before accepting the application of former Umno members into their party, says Datuk Seri Salahuddin Ayub.

The Amanah deputy president said that this is necessary as Umno is one of the parties under the unity government.

“We need to have some discussion with Umno first if that (applications from former Umno members) were to happen. Umno is one of the parties under the unity government. As such, we will talk to them first when we come across such a situation,” he added.

He said this to reporters after a Johor Pakatan Harapan dinner in conjunction with Chinese New Year at Dewan Raya Bukit Indah on Friday (Feb 10) night.

Salahuddin, who is also Johor Pakatan chief, said this in response to questions on whether Amanah was prepared to take in Umno members that were sacked recently.

On Jan 27, Umno sacked former Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin and supreme council member Tan Sri Noh Omar.

Others punished included former vice-president and Sembrong MP Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein, who was suspended for six years.

Former information chief Shahril Hamdan, former Youth exco member Datuk Dr Fathul Bari Mat Jahya, former Johor state exco member and Tebrau division chief Datuk Maulizan Bujang and former Jempol MP Datuk Seri Mohd Salim Mohd Shariff were also suspended for six years.

During the dinner here, Amanah also received the application from some 400 people to join the party, including about 120 non-Malay for its associate wing.