KOTA BARU: Sons of deceased PAS icon Datuk Nik Aziz Nik Mat will be contesting in opposing camps after all.
Eldest son Nik Omar sprang a surprise at the Pengkalan Chepa nomination centre when he turned up to submit his nomination form to contest the Chempaka state seat as Pakatan Harapan’s Parti Amanah Negara candidate.
While fourth son Nik Abduh (pic) is contesting the Bachok seat as a PAS candidate.
Amanah and PAS are bitter rivals.
PAS led a bruising campaign against so-called "moderates" who were also called "Anwaristas" and "jebon (weasels)". These leaders then left PAS to form Amanah.
PAS, Pakatan Harapan, and Barisan National are contesting all the 14 parliament and 45 state seats in Kelantan.
Nik Abduh was moved from the relatively safer Pasir Mas parliamentary seat to the risky Bachok seat where Barisan's Datuk Dr Awang Adek Hussin is vying to regain the seat he lost by razor thin vote- majority.
In another development, reported by Rahimy Rahim, PAS will issue a show-cause letter to Nik Omar following his decision to contest the Chempaka state seat, says its secretary-general Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan.
The party has named Ahmad Fathan Mahmood as its candidate there.
He said Nik Omar, who is still a PAS member, must give an explanation for his decision to contest there and confirm if he had joined another party.
"According to our party constitution, if any member decides to join another party, his PAS membership is automatically dissolved.
"However, if he did not join another party, but is contesting on another party's ticket, we will give him 30 days to give an explanation," he told reporters at Dewan Jubli Perak here on Saturday.
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