KOTA BARU: PAS Gaal assemblyman Dr Nik Mazian Nik Momamad claims that many of his fellow Kelantan state representatives supported his stand that old and sickly elected representatives should step down, a remark many feel was directed at Mentri Besar Datuk Nik Aziz Nik Mat.
The three-term state assemblyman said most of his colleagues agreed that party leaders from “top to bottom” should be prepared to pass the baton to younger leaders if they are no longer healthy or too old to serve.
The former Universiti Sains Malaysia Kubang Kerian surgeon had been asked to elaborate on his statement which had caused a stir in the state assembly early in the week.
“I believe the person most qualified to assess whether he is capable to go on despite his age and ailment is Tok Guru (Nik Aziz) himself,” he said.
However, two PAS Kelantan representatives, state exco member for Islamic Development, Education and Dakwah Datuk Nik Amar Nik Abduh and Bunut Payung representative Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan were reluctant to be dragged into the controversy.
Nik Amar when asked to comment on Dr Nik Mazian's remark said: “He was probably referring to himself. He has admitted that he has been there for three terms and was willing to be dropped. He knows his limitation.
“He is a very outspoken politician,” he said.
Takiyuddin, meanwhile, refused to comment, saying that the question should be asked to other more senior party leaders.
Standing firm on his earlier statement, Dr Nik Mazian said 30% of Kelantan state representatives were either too old or have health problems.
“What I really want to say is there are ready successors out there to replace us. When the time comes, these young leaders would naturally take over.
“That is why we need to educate the second liners to replace us,” he said.
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