SHAH ALAM: A visit by a son of the late Tok Guru Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat not only brought memories flooding back, one resident said he almost felt that the late PAS spiritual leader himself had visited them here yesterday.
“I definitely felt as though Nik Aziz was here,” Mohammad Anayth, 74, told FMT at a Pakatan Harapan ceramah at Section 8 here yesterday.
He said memories of Nik Aziz flooded his mind when he laid his eyes on Nik Omar Nik Aziz, who is the PH candidate for the Cempaka state constituency in Kelantan.
Cempaka is a PAS stronghold and was won by his late father with a majority of 6,500 votes in 2013. Nik Aziz, who was Kelantan menteri besar, passed away at the age of 84 in 2015.
Another Shah Alam resident, aged 70, who declined to be named, said he, too, was moved not just by the physical resemblance between Nik Omar and his father, but “even in the way he speaks, he is so much like his father”.
Khalid Samad, the PH candidate for Shah Alam, said Nik Omar had been well received by those who pined for his father.
“I think that his presence has healed the hearts of those who have been missing Tok Guru Nik Aziz,” he said.
He claimed that the people felt Nik Omar did more justice to Nik Aziz’s legacy than his other son Nik Abduh who is the PAS candidate for the Bachok parliamentary seat in Kelantan.
“They feel Nik Omar is much more of a similar mould,” Khalid said.
He denied that Nik Omar had been brought to Shah Alam in an attempt to convert PAS supporters.
“He was brought here because when he joined Amanah everyone wanted to listen to his explanation. Many of the people in Amanah also want to hear it from his own lips,” Khalid said.
“Whether people want to support us or otherwise, that’s up to the people,” he added.
Nik Omar said he was confident that Pakatan Harapan’s approach to politics was similar to that of Almarhum’s” referring to Nik Aziz. He rejected PAS claims that his mother did not support his decision to leave PAS for Amanah, saying he believed he was doing right by his late father’s political legacy.
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