Pas youth leader Nik Abduh Nik Aziz suffered a crushing defeat in his bid to wrest the number two post in the Pengkalan Chepa Pas division from incumbent Dr Izani Husin.
The 47-year-old former teacher polled just 37 votes to the 209 bagged by Izani, who is the MP for Pengkalan Chepa, a Pas stronghold in Kelantan. The top post in the division is held by Mohd Amar Nik Abdullah, the Kelantan MB.
Meanwhile, Chempaka Adun Ahmad Fathan Mahmood, who succeeded Nik Aziz, the late party spiritual adviser, as the rep for the area, finished tops in elections for committee posts with 205 votes.
Nik Abduh, who studied at Nadwatul Ulama in Lucknow and Al Azhar University in Cairo has been an outspoken supporter of Pas president Hadi Awang’s private member’s bill, which could pave the way for hudud penalties. (Hadi’s bill is now expected to be taken over by the government.)
The Pas youth leader, who succeeded Ibrahim Ali as Pasir Mas MP in 2013, has had a higher public profile than Izani, more recently meeting with KL Archbishop Julian Leow for a dialogue. So his crushing defeat suggests there is some kind of rift or discomfort within Pas over its rapprochement with Umno.
During his lifetime, Nik Abduh’s father Nik Aziz had warned his party against any cooperation with Umno, following a bitter fallout between the two parties after a brief stint together (1973-1977) within the BN.
Meanwhile, a political journalist told me sacked Pas vice-president Husam Musa, now with Amanah, has been drawing large crowds at ceramahs in the East Coast. Husam has been working hard behind the scenes in ceramahs with Mahathir.