PAS deputy president Datuk Seri Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man stated that PAS central committee member Nik Mohammad Abduh Nik Abdul Aziz turned down offers to contest two seats in the upcoming state polls.
He noted that the former Bachok MP does not mind not being fielded as a candidate and will instead concentrate on managing a religious school.
“There are no issues arising from Nik Abduh not being fielded. In politics, there are many opportunities to contribute. We offered two seats but he declined. Nik Abduh said he was fine with not being fielded because that will allow him to focus on the religious school that he manages,” said the PAS leader.
Tuan Ibrahim further dismissed any notions that dropping Nik Abduh from the candidate line-up would bring an end to the legacy of his late father and former PAS spiritual leader Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat.
“We can continue his legacy through our party struggle. It doesn’t have to be about candidates,” Tuan Ibrahim told reporters in Kota Bharu last night (July 27).
Moreover, Perikatan Nasional (PN) will be fielding 23 fresh faces for the 45 seats in the upcoming Kelantan polls.
Nik Abduh was considered a rising star within PAS until he faced defeat in his bid for a seat in the party’s central committee in 2021. Subsequently, he was later co-opted into the committee.
Following this, the party chose not to field him as a candidate in the parliamentary elections held last November.
Two days ago, news portal Malaysiakini reported that Nik Abduh was offered the Kota Lama and Kijang seats but declined as he was only open to being fielded in Chempaka.
Chempaka was a seat held by Nik Aziz between 1995 and 2015. – July 28, 2023