Update (18 August): As hinted in the blog posting below, Kelantan Pas reportedly has now dropped Nasharudin from its general election candidates’ list.
15 August 2012
Former Pas deputy president Nasharudin Mat Isa’s recent comments and public appearances with BN leaders have set tongues wagging.
Nasharudin appeared on television news yesterday reportedly asking Pas to leave Pakatan if DAP was adamant about opposing hudud.
Images are also being circulated apparently of him in Mecca seated on the floor next to Najib during a talk
In May, Muhyiddin, Nazri, Khairy and Hasan Ali were reportedly among those who attended Nasharudin’s daughter’s wedding in Bangi. (See NST report and photo.)
Nasharudin was in the forefront of the aborted Umno-Pas unity talks. But his star within the party was already fading even before Mat Sabu was elected as Pas deputy president.
A grassroots source in Pas told me this morning that top party leaders were uneasy with Nasharudin’s overtures.
The source added that sections in Kelantan too would be uncomfortable if the Bachok MP were to be fielded again under the party banner in the coming election.
The KL Pos website seems to confirm this sentiment when it reported that Kelantan Pas Youth had called for Nasharudin to state his stand. “If he is not interested in being with Pas, it would be more appropriate for him to resign as MP of Bachok than to betray the trust of the people of Bachok in the last general election,” Kelantan Pas Youth secretary Mohd Nuri Mat Yaacob was reported as saying.