Amanah claims 60,000 members, 40pc are young recruits

Mohd Anuar Tahir

(Malay Mail Online) – Parti Amanah Negara now has a membership of 60,000 — just two months after the PAS offshoot was launched ― its secretary-general Mohd Anuar Mohd Tahir claimed today.

According to Mohd Anuar, an estimated 40 per cent of these members are those below 30 who are attracted by Amanah’s “inclusive” policy and team of experienced leaders.

Mohd Anuar noted that Amanah is not a party that will be dominated by any one internal group and that it does not have a “supremo”.

“As our deputy (president) Salahuddin Ayub said, we don’t have Tengku Razaleigh (Hamzah), we don’t have Anwar Ibrahim, we don’t have Mahathir Mohamad; we have a group of thinkers, movers, not armchair leaders, but those who go to the ground. They have guts,” he said.

Many professionals have surprisingly also stepped forward to join the party or take up leadership roles, Mohd Anuar added, noting that this group typically does not get involved in politics.

Amanah, which was launched on August 31, plans to recruit 100,000 members by the end of this year.

“We don’t need a long time, I think in a month’s time, we will be on equal footing with other parties in Malaysia,” Mohd Anuar said, having described Amanah as potentially becoming one of the “fastest-growing” party in the country.