Attacking Nik Aziz’s son will backfire on PAS, says Husam

Husam Musa says PAS leaders should not question Nik Omar Nik Aziz’s decision to run as a Pakatan Harapan candidate.

KUBANG KERIAN: Kelantan Pakatan Harapan (PH) chief Husam Musa said PAS leaders have come under pressure following the move by the son of the late Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat to stand as a candidate for the opposition coalition.

The former PAS vice-president said the decision by Nik Omar Nik Aziz, the second son of the late Kelantan menteri besar, had come as a shock to PAS, including its president Abdul Hadi Awang.

Husam said this was evident from Hadi’s “extreme statement” in which he had compared Nik Omar’s act to that of the son of Prophet Noah, described in Islamic texts as a disbeliever who went against his father.

Nik Omar, the brother of PAS’ Bachok candidate Nik Mohamad Abduh, is standing in Chempaka, the state seat once represented by their father.

Husam said PAS’ attack on Nik Omar by invoking religion would only backfire on the party.

“We are in the midst of a general election. What connection is there with the son of the Prophet Noah?

“Don’t politicise to that extent, misusing religion for politics.”

Husam said leaving PAS was not the same as leaving the Muslim faith.

“Who dares to say this?” he asked at a ceramah in Mulong last night.

Husam said PAS should have taken Nik Omar as its candidate.

He said PH did not announce Nik Omar’s candidacy as it did not want to pit him against his brother Nik Abduh.

“We waited for PAS to announce where Nik Abduh will stand so as not to field Nik Omar in the same constituency,” he said.