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KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 7, 2015:

Pakatan Harapan raised RM40,000 at fundraising dinner while its leaders talked about the possibility of the new coalition bringing down Barisan Nasional in the next general election.

Parti Amanah Negara vice-chairman Datuk Dr Mujahid Yusof Rawa said agreeing to principles that were also shared by DAP did not make the new party a stooge for DAP.

“We can have similar principles; that does not make us a stooge.

“New political parties meet, based on principles,” he said at the Parti Amanah Negara fundraising dinner here today.

When asked why Pakatan Harapan’s dinner was held at the Thean Hou Temple hall, off Jalan Klang Lama, he said it made Amanah more Malaysian by doing so.

Amanah Central Committee member Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad said there was no issue of supporting syariah law in Pakatan Harapan as there was a “gross misinterpretation” of the law.

“People usually only narrow syariah law to just the penal code or hudud when its actual supreme objective is to uphold justice.”

He said Amanah should be supported for its Islamic principles.

“You support us based on our conviction that Islam is going to be a blessing for all.

“We will bring an inclusive Islam, a progressive Islam. An Islam that will cater for our multiracial society.”

Amanah central committee member Khalid Samad said non-Muslim voters need not fear that Amanah will become “another PAS”.

“We showed our commitment to Pakatan Harapan’s principles of justice by leaving PAS — that is the best proof.

“It was not an easy thing to do to leave PAS in the first place as I was in the party for 32 years, since 1983.

“And I’ve been through a lot with the party. I have been detained under the ISA (Internal Security Act), I was beaten by police during demonstrations that left my left hand swollen for a week as well as hit by a tear gas canister that busted up my head.”

He said these leaders played a pivotal role of taking a traditional party like PAS into the mainstream politics of Malaysia.

“But soon PAS went back on its word, no longer upholding the promises of the partnership, betraying the other components parties.

“We went from a poor party to an even poorer party.”

He said they left the party because they were committed to the principles of Pakatan Harapan

“If in the end we behave like PAS, our sacrifice to leave PAS would have been meaningless.”

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