Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Should Nizar get Nik Aziz's Blessing to contest in Bukit Gantang?

Pas spiritual leader Nik Aziz originally questioned the decision of fielding Nizar as the candidate in the Bukit Gantang by-election suddenly made a u-turn and change the decision to turn down his own decision by giving his blessing.

Nik Aziz

Undeniably, the blessing had shown how inconsistency of the PAS spiritual leader is. The political scenario seeming that he is totally removed from the party decision making process. This is merely a feed to give him the information after the decision has been made.

This is something that might irk his supporters, who has all the while felt that he has a major influence on the party decision-making process. The party had rejected the spiritual leader’s preferred candidate for the Kuala Terengganu by-election in January, caused tension among the party members.

Many of his supporters were unhappy over the Kuala Terengganu incident despite the Pas leadership having evidently made the right decision in not fielding Vice-president Mohamad Sabu as recommended by Nik Aziz.

It is reported that Pas spiritual adviser Nik Aziz has given his blessing for former Perak Menteri Besar Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin to contest in the April 7 Bukit Gantang by-election. He said Nizar who is the party's deputy commissioner for the state was the right candidate to face Barisan Nasional in the constituency.

Nik Aziz who is Kelantan Menteri Besar said last month that he could not agree to the suggestion that Nizar be fielded in the Bukit Gantang by-election since the Pas and its opposition allies still regarded Nizar as Perak Menteri Besar.

"I have contacted Nizar and bless his nomination to contest," he told reporters after receiving a visit from Indian High Commissioner to Malaysia Ashok K. Kantha at his office.

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