Friday, May 1, 2009

Hadi's engaging UMNO sparks unhappiness among PAS grassroots


A recent blog posting made by the son of PAS spiritual leader Datuk Nik Aziz Nik Mat provides a glimpse into the party’s internal strife as warring factions fight for dominance ahead of its June elections.

Nik Abduh Nik Aziz has claimed that his father was "tricked" into rejecting the idea of forming a unity government with Umno. He said that certain quarters, whom he did not named, were attempting to sow disunity in the party.

Party president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang has been the major proponent behind the unity government concept, supporting the idea of PAS engaging its archrival Umno to discuss the possibility of forming a ruling coalition.

This idea however was openly rejected by Nik Aziz and the two top leaders have openly clashed on the matter.

Nik Aziz’s son claimed that the rejection came after intense lobbying by the ‘Erdogan’ faction led by party vice-president Datuk Husam Musa who are against the idea of PAS cooperating with Umno and BN.

Nik Abduh, an apparent supporter of the unity government idea, further insinuated that the ‘Erdogan’ faction, through his father’s closest aides, had provided Nik Aziz with a distorted version of Hadi’s unity government proposal.

This sentiment is shared by many PAS members from the pro-Hadi faction.

“Nik Aziz is not getting the real picture so that was why he rejected Hadi’s unity government proposal. Some quarters were giving the wrong ideas to him by saying that Hadi intends to join BN and all that when it is not true,” a source said.

Pro-Hadi leaders like the PAS deputy youth chief Nasrudin Hasan are now openly backing Nik Abduh's claims.

“He would take responsibility over his allegations. If his allegations are true, it means that he has stood up for what is right and Allah would know how to reward him,” said the PAS leader in his blog posting yesterday.

“If you look at what has been written on blogs and websites (on Hadi and Nik Aziz), trust me you would find elements clearly intending to sow disunity in the party,” he added.

Hadi’s supporters have also urged Nik Aziz’s closest aides to respond to the allegations made by Nik Abduh but so far there has been no response.

Hadi now faces an uphill battle in winning back the hearts of the PAS grassroots at the party’s Muktamar to be held at the Malawati Stadium in Shah Alam this June.

His idea of engaging Umno had sparked unhappiness among many of the grassroot members.

PAS Deputy President Nassarudin Isa is also under fire as the party prepares for its polls.

-From Malaysian Insider-

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