By Adib Zalkapli
KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 26 — Kelantan PAS continues to be rocked with apparent infighting with Mentri Besar Datuk Nik Aziz Nik Mat’s son Nik Abduh blaming his father’s protege Datuk Husam Musa for the problems in the state.
Nik Abduh, who is a PAS Youth executive committee member, blogged today that Husam’s aide Syed Azidi Syed Abdul Aziz, who was sacked from the Kelantan Mentri Besar Corporation (PMBK) early this month, has now started an attempt to topple his father.
Syed Azidi, who blogs as Kickdefella, joined the state investment arm in 2007 upon the invitation of Husam, a state executive councillor.
He was sacked by the PMBK CEO Ariffahmi Abdul Rahman, who is also Nik Aziz’s son-in-law, for allegedly conspiring with a Barisan Nasional (BN) assemblyman and leaking corporation’s information to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).
“Why did you present roses to my father only to stab him the moment you step out of Kota Darul Naim?” asked Nik Abduh in his blog.
“Maybe it was not your fault. It was the person who brought you to Kelantan who is guilty, and now he is trying to cleanse and distance himself from you,” he said, claiming that Syed Azidi was given VIP treatment when he arrived in the state.
Last April, Nik Abduh slammed Nik Aziz’s advisers for instigating the PAS spiritual adviser to oppose moves to initiate political cooperation with Umno and his criticism was seen to be directed at Husam.
Since his removal, Syed Azidi has repeatedly accused Arrifahmi of abuse of power, an action described as cowardice by Nik Abduh.
“Why didn’t you criticise Ariffahmi privately in front of him like I did. No one was threatened by my father for criticising his son-in-law,” said Nik Abduh.
Ariffahmi, who is currently under the MACC investigation, was ordered to resign by Nik Aziz early this week after intervention by the PAS central committee led by president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang.
Nik Abduh described the controversy in PMBK as one of the toughest issues that has affected the family and he vowed to defend Ariffahmi from what he called slander.
Husam was Nik Aziz’s choice for the PAS deputy presidency and is seen as a leading light of the Erdogan faction, named after the Turkish prime minister, for promoting closer ties with opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.
But Husam lost to incumbent Nasharuddin Mat Isa, who was later accused of wanting PAS to unite with political rivals Umno.
Nik Aziz last month called for a special congress to sack leaders who are promoting unity with Umno in what was seen as a veiled attack against Abdul Hadi and his faction. The move failed but the party remains divided over the issue although Abdul Hadi has reiterated the party remains in the Pakatan Rakyat. – Malaysian Insider