KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 9, 2016:

Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah) has urged Pakatan Harapan (PH) to fight for the re-establishment of elections for local councils in the country.

Amanah president Mohamad Sabu said such elections are the best platform to train political leaders and it has been proven by several world leaders today.

According to him, leaders like Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Indonesian President Joko Widodo started their political careers from local council elections where each and every one of them started as mayors and governors in their respective territories and later became presidents.

“Therefore Amanah urges PH to re-establish local council election despite our former party (PAS) disliking the matter being raised.

“Amanah believes that it will curb corruption, waste and nepotism when council members and mayors elected are held accountable to the people instead of the party,” he said during his keynote address at the PH Leadership Conference here today.

Meanwhile, Johor Amanah deputy director, Dzulkefly Ahmad proposed that DAP should not place Malay candidates in state constituencies and should instead nominate them to contest in parliamentary seats.

He explained that if DAP insists on placing candidates in state seats then they should use the PKR or Amanah logos.

“This is to avoid any racial tension as well as anti-Malay and anti-Islam labels given towards DAP by Umno at this point.

“They even described the next general election as a clash of the survival of the Malays and the new authority of DAP or the Chinese,” he said.

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