Nik Aziz ‘quit’ rumour stuns PAS


  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 24 Nov 2004

BY NICK LEONG

PETALING JAYA: The PAS rank and file has been shaken by news that Kelantan Mentri Besar Datuk Nik Aziz Nik Mat has resigned from all his political posts. 

There was confusion and even anger as members tried to verify whether the party's Mursyidul Am, who left last week to perform his umrah, had quit. 

The report carried by an Internet news website quoted unidentified political sources as saying that the 73-year-old leader had tendered his resignation to the party before leaving for his pilgrimage on Nov 17. 

PAS secretary-general Nasharuddin Mat Isa said he had no knowledge of Nik Aziz's resignation.  

“As the party’s secretary-general, I should know if Tok Guru (Nik Aziz) has resigned. But I have not received any letter from him indicating that he is resigning,” he said. 

He asked PAS members not believe in speculative reports. 

However, it is widely known that Nik Aziz had wanted to step down as mentri besar after the last general election and had indicated that this would be his final term as an elected representative. 

The charismatic leader, who is also Kelantan PAS commissioner, has been plagued by poor health and suffered a heart attack in July. 

Meanwhile, Nik Aziz's private secretary Nik Mohd Azlan Abdul Hadi said the mentri besar had not mentioned anything about resigning when they spoke over the telephone on Friday. 

“He was in Madinah when we spoke and he did not say anything to that effect,” he said from Kota Baru. 

Nik Azlan said Nik Aziz had never told him to convey any resignation message or letter to PAS. Nik Aziz is scheduled to return on Nov 30. 

Kelantan speaker Datuk Wan Abdul Rahim Wan Abdullah said he had not received any resignation letter from Nik Aziz.  

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