KOTA BARU: The saga involving the two sons of the late Datuk Nik Aziz Nik Mat has taken another twist with an emotional video by their mother.
In an apparent reference to her eldest son Nik Omar who joined PAS splinter party Amanah against her wish, a teary Tuan Sabariah Tuan Ishak (pic) said one of her 10 children “is playing truant”.
“Many people say that my family is split. Now even Wanita Umno is daring enough to campaign near my house!” she said in a live posting uploaded by the PAS Pengkalan Chepa Dewan Muslimat on its Facebook page, which attracted 6,200 viewers.
Tuan Sabariah, 70, who appeared in a blue jubah and headscarf, described the controversy involving her sons as a test by God.
Pledging to remain steadfast with PAS’ struggles, Tuan Sabariah said she holds on to her late husband’s words that there is “no other party better than PAS”, adding that she would not waver from this stance.
“I am not here to give a ceramah, but I was asked to talk. It makes me feel a bit nervous as I usually only speak at home,” she added.
Nik Omar, 53, created a stir when he turned up as a Pakatan Harapan candidate for the Chempaka state seat on Nomination Day.
His brother, Nik Abduh, 48, is the PAS candidate for the Bachok parliamentary seat.
Their father, the long-serving Kelantan Mentri Besar and PAS spiritual leader, died in 2015.
Nik Abduh had said he was disappointed with Nik Omar for going against their mother’s advice not to join a rival party of PAS.
Tuan Sabariah said on Tuesday that she would support Nik Abduh.
Nik Omar is in a three-cornered fight against Mohamed Fareez Noor Amran of Barisan Nasional and incumbent Ahmad Fathan Mahmood @ Mahamad of PAS for the Chempaka seat.
Meanwhile, PAS vice-president Datuk Nik Mohd Amar Nik Abdullah questioned whether Nik Omar would be able to continue his father’s legacy, saying his Pakatan partners were clearly against such efforts.
“If Nik Omar wants to implement hudud, who is going to support him? His father clearly wanted hudud but he was opposed by DAP.
“If the late Nik Aziz can be opposed by DAP, who is he (Nik Omar) as only a future YB?” asked the Kelantan Deputy MB.
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