Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat - File pix
PETALING JAYA: PAS spiritual leader Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat has joined his party president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang in a show of support for Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim.
“I have read the president’s statement and I support it fully,” he said in a statement on Saturday.
“Like many other parties in this country, I wonder what mistake or flaw Tan Sri Khalid had committed to warrant being dropped from the Mentri Besar post?” added the former Kelantan Mentri Besar.
The party veteran said Khalid was retained in the seat after an excellent show of leadership in his previous term, which contributed to the improvement of Pakatan Rakyat’s performance in Selangor.
“The question that remains is - has Khalid’s performance deteriorated? And if indeed he has committed any mistake or error, is it to the extent that he should be removed from the Mentri Besar post?” said Nik Aziz.
He called for Pakatan Rakyat to address this question before entertaining any talk of a successor for the post.
Nik Aziz also likened Hadi Awang to the captain of a ship, and expressed confidence that the party president had received sufficient information before making a statement in support of Khalid.
“It is enough for me to say, for now, that PAS members need to put their utmost loyalty to what their president has said. Yes, the captain can be wrong, but if many of the ship’s crew wants to be the captain, the ship will not sail well,” he added.
Nik Aziz urged Pakatan leaders to solve the problem well and prioritise internal discussions to “not bore the rakyat with petty arguments” and ensure the coalition enjoyed a long and fruitful future in national politics.
“To me, this is a minor conflict, and working towards a solution will mature our relationship in Pakatan,” he said.