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Four reasons Nik Aziz would not join PAN

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Zaidi Azmi
Written by Zaidi Azmi

KUALA LUMPUR – September 7, 2016: The son of the late PAS spiritual leader Datuk Nik Aziz Nik Mat has listed four reasons why his father would never join the splinter party, Parti Amanah Negara (PAN).

In his statement, son Nik Mohamad Abduh deemed that in declaring his father would join PAN if met in the afterlife former PAS vice-president Datuk Husam Musa had belittled the old man.

Husam, who was sacked from PAS for incessantly criticising its president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang and the party leadership in general, reasoned that Nik Aziz would have done so because the “present PAS has lost its way”.

He joined PAN on last August 30 and claimed that “PAN is more PAS than PAS” based on the latter’s supposed propensity in distancing itself from non-Muslims in Malaysia.

However, Nik Abduh contended otherwise and reminded that his father who died in February last year had already chosen the path to be with PAS and died with it.

“That was his choice, his path and to suggest he would choose a different path would only belittle his struggles. That is the first reason,” stated Nik Abduh.

The second reason why Nik Aziz would never join PAN if he was still alive was because the former had remained loyal and steadfast to PAS through thick and thin.

“PAS has suffered its own crisis and polemics countless times. It was defeated, made into a laughing stock and belittled for years.

“But when it rose from those defeats, my father was one of those standing at the forefront, shielding PAS from various attacks,” wrote Nik Abduh.

The third reason he is convinced his father would never join PAN is because his father had once rejected Pasma, a outfit similar to PAN and had as its members disgruntled former PAS people.

The only difference is that Pasma is a non-governmental organisation and PAN a political party.

The fourth and final reason is based on Husam’s argument that “the present Kelantan is not like the past Kelantan”, an often-used allusion by Husam in comparing the present PAS leadership with that of Nik Aziz’s.

“Yes the past Kelantan had his aura, governed by his style and his touch. Indeed, things are different today,” Nik Abduh acknowledged.

“But if Husam thinks the differences are reason enough for Nik Aziz to leave PAS and join PAN then it’s a no brainer why you join PAN.”

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Zaidi Azmi

Zaidi Azmi

Despite becoming The MOLE's journalist in 2014, he still has a hard time traversing the city. If he is not lost, this northern kampung boy can be found struggling to make some sense out of the Malaysian political sphere.