Hanafi Hamat, 61 – the third contender in the much publicized Permatang Pauh by-election is a “nobody” compares to his contenders. In fact, when he walked to the nomination center at Maktab Penguruan Tuanku Bainun on August 16, the press need to be alerted of his present by someone.

However he dismissed the notion that he is a spoiler and a non-starter. I have my reservation though. I think he is such a joker? According to a news report, when he was asked how many operations centers he had, replied: “Banyak, tapi tak pasti lagi” (Many, but not confirmed yet).

Asked where his election campaign centre was located, he said it was somewhere on the fringes of Permatang Pauh (“hujung Permatang Pauh”).

He also being franked about what he can offer –  a ‘renewal” of Malaysian society and to help eradicated social ills in Permatang Pauh.

Hanafi Hamat flanked by BN heavyweight Datuk Ariff Shah on the left and Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim on right

Hanafi, who heads Akim, said he left PAS in 1995 after feeling disillusioned with the party. He added that the by-election was a good forum to introduce his party to the nation.

Hanafi was assemblyman for Tanah Merah in Kelantan from 1996 to 1999. Asked if he was confident of retaining his deposit in the election, he replied: “God willing.”

About Hanafi Hamat

  • Hanafi Hamat is president of the party known as Angkatan Insan Malaysia (Akim)
  • The party was formed in 1995 and had contested two seats, Pasir Mas and Kota Baru, in the 1999 general election but was defeated.
  • Hanafi is father to 12 children and a trader at his home state Kelantan. He also claimed to have about 1,000 supporters in Penang and some 15,000 members throughout the country.

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