Amanah Sarawak faces big task to change ‘peninsular party’ perception

KUCHING (Bernama) — Malaysia’s National Trust Party (Amanah) acknowledged that it faces a heavy task in changing the perception of Sarawakians who wrongly associate it with being a peninsular-based party.

Amanah President Mohamad Sabu said that in the face of any election, the first task needed to be dealt with was the machinery, while the second was shaping the perception of the people.

“For example, during the 2018 General Election (GE), in the Kota Raja parliament constituency, the (winning) majority of 71,000 was not because of a great candidate or machinery, but the perception of the people changed to reject our opponents.

“Perception needs to be changed so that they are in our favour,” the Defence Minister said in his address at the Sarawak Amanah Election Bureau Convention yesterday.

“As long as we do not change this mindset, the people of Sarawak will not vote Amanah.

“It is a big task for us to make them realise that we are actually a national party representing everyone at the national and state levels.”

He said DAP was more successful in Sarawak as they were not considered a “peninsular party”.

Also present were Deputy Entrepreneur Development Minister, Datuk Wira Dr Mohd Hatta Ramli and Sarawak Amanah chairman Mohamad Fidzuan Zaidi.