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Nik Aziz rattles Putrajaya’s iron mosque

 | April 26, 2013

A video has surfaced showing the crowd at the mosque mobbing the venerated PAS leader and Putrajaya candidate Husam Musa, which some say signals the mood of change.

PUTRAJAYA: Masjid Besi or the iron mosque is an impressive structure in the administrative capital, which sits facing a lake and cuts a serene picture.

But this afternoon, a sense of euphoria swept through the building when revered PAS spiritual leader Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat set foot in the mosque.

Known as Tok Guru, the ageing Muslim scholar was accompanied by his protege and PAS candidate for the Putrajaya parliamentary seat, Husam Musa.

A video on this has gone viral on Facebook, with some commentators suggesting that it signalled the possible defeat of the Barisan Nasional-Umno incumbent Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor.

The 41-second clip showed how the large crowd mobbed the PAS leaders while in the background, chants of Allahuakbar (God is great) rang out.

Commenting on the video, some Facebook users admitted to shedding tears of elation and experiencing goose bumps.

One user remarked that even after the Friday prayers ended, many stayed back to catch a glimpse of Nik Aziz while another quipped that Barisan Nasional chairman Najib Tun Razak would weep if he saw the video.

‘Nothing to fear’


However, an Umno observer, speaking on condition of anonymity, brushed aside the notion that the incident suggested that PAS stood a chance of winning the seat.

He said while it was natural for people, especially Muslims, to feel excited about Nik Aziz, given that he was a respected figure, it however did not mean that the votes would be cast in favour of the PAS candidate.

“It’s just like [opposition supremo] Anwar Ibrahim. People throng his ceramah because he is entertaining, he sings, dances and tells jokes. But that does not necessarily translate into votes,” he added.

The Umno leader also pointed out that a significant number of Kelantanese, who hail from the state where Nik Aziz is menteri besar, work in Putrajaya as well.

On the same note, he said the crowd could have been made up of PAS supporters who were briefed beforehand about the leaders’ visit.

‘Reflects the mood of change’

Contacted later, Husam said the reception was a reflection of the national mood for change, especially among the youth in Malaysia.

“Hopefully their aspirations would come true… and since Putrajaya is the seat of the federal administration, a tsunami here would sweep through the entire nation,” he added.

Quizzed on how confident he was in capturing the seat, which political pundits deem next to impossible, Husam replied: “The voters have confidence in me and I place my confidence in them.”

Putrajaya has 15,798 voters, of which 94% are Malays and the balance Indians 3% and others 2% .

Tengku Adnan, who is also Umno secretary-general, has been the incumbent since Putrajaya’s inception. In 2008, he defeated Mohammad Nor Mohamad of PAS by a majority of 2,734 votes.


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