PETALING JAYA: Amar Nik Abdullah has denied claims that he was behind the decision to exclude Nik Abduh, son of the late PAS spiritual adviser Nik Aziz Nik Mat, from the Kelantan state elections.
The PAS vice-president said Nik Abduh’s name was never in the list of potential candidates for the Chempaka state seat, Berita Harian reported.
Yesterday, Nik Aziz’s brother Nik Din, said his nephew, the former Bachok MP, was supposed to be a candidate in the state assembly elections but was denied the opportunity.
In response, Amar questioned where Nik Din had obtained such information.
“It is slanderous to claim that I stood in the way (of Nik Abduh’s candidacy) when he (Nik Din) was never involved in any PAS leadership meetings, nor does he hold any position in the party,” he was quoted as saying.
In a video clip making the rounds on social media, Nik Din earlier claimed that PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang had personally requested for Nik Abduh to be named as a candidate in the state elections.
However, his candidacy was rejected by Amar, who is also the caretaker Kelantan deputy menteri besar, Nik Din said.
According to Amar, PAS deputy president Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man had also explained that Nik Abduh did not wish to contest in the state elections, preferring to focus on managing religious schools.
“So why must others make such allegations (that I stood in the way of his candidacy). This is not right,” he said.
Yesterday, Berita Harian quoted Tuan Ibrahim as saying that Nik Abduh was not nominated as a candidate as the latter had rejected two seats that were offered to him.
The daily also quoted Nik Abduh as saying that he had accepted the party’s decision.