(The Star) - Some of Phahrolrazi's supporters have claimed he was kidnapped but he stressed it was probably a “friendly warning” to stop him from entering the mentri besar's territory.
Datuk Phahrolrazi Zawawi, the No. 2 PAS man in Kedah, was “locked in” in a religious school compound for two hours to prevent him from speaking at a ceramah.
Phahrolrazi said he was on the way to the ceramah in Kampung Kabu which is located in the state constituency held by Kedah Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Azizan Abdul Razak when the head of the Sekolah Agama Nahdah Bukit Besar phoned him to stop by the school.
“The moment my car entered the school compound, they locked the gate and I had the feeling that I was not going to get out,” said Phahrolrazi who has had a long-running feud with the mentri besar.
He was then led to the school canteen where the school head Ustaz Nasir Othman tried to deter him from proceeding to the ceramah. Ustaz Nasir is a committee member of the Jerai PAS division of which Azizan is the chairman.
“He claimed there were rival groups at the ceramah venue and that he did not want any harm done to me. I tried to leave several times but he told me not to go and that he was doing this to protect me. It was all very cordial but the point is that I was prevented from leaving until two hours later,” he said.
When Phahrolrazi phoned the organisers of the ceramah about his dilemma, they sent four representatives to the school to negotiate with Ustaz Nasir but he refused to unlock the gate.
Some of Phahrolrazi's supporters have claimed he was kidnapped but he stressed it was probably a “friendly warning” to stop him from entering the mentri besar's territory.
Phahrolrazi's supporters said they have lodged a police report about the incident.
The ceramah was eventually cancelled when Phahrolrazi did not show up.
“The MB is the Jerai chairman but I am the party's deputy commissioner in Kedah. Surely I should be free to speak at any ceramah. I don't blame Ustaz Nasir, I think he was afraid of his boss,” said Phahrolrazi.