PENGKALAN CHEPA: PAS vice-president Datuk Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man (pic) has expressed his shock at being nominated to challenge party president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang.
“I am shocked, but touched. However, I will not say more at this time,” he told The Star at the nomination centre for the Chempaka by-election on Tuesday.
He also refused to comment when asked whether he would accept or decline the nomination.
“I will speak about it once I have mulled over this news,” he said.
On Monday night, the Kota Baru PAS division nominated Tuan Ibrahim to take on Hadi for the president’s post in the June party polls.
Kota Baru division chief Datuk Wan Abdul Rahim Wan Abdullah said the division had suggested a candidate for the post due to Hadi’s health.
“I am of opinion that Hadi knows he needs a rest and this is based on the fact that he fell ill in Istanbul and his regular visits to the National Heart Institute are also contributing factors that will make him decline any nomination for the post.
“I also believe that Hadi will feel comfortable with his possible successor Datuk Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man which my division had nominated to contest for the top post in the coming party's elections,” Wan Abdul Rahim told reporters on Monday night.Interestingly before being nominated, Tuan Ibrahim had remarked that it would be better if there was no contest for the top post out of respect to Hadi, an ulama who has helmed the party for 13 years.