Nik Aziz: Rumour over Razaleigh a ‘joke’

(Harakah Daily) – PAS Murshidul Am Tuan Guru Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat (pic) laughed off suggestions that he should explain a ‘confidential plan’ to appoint UMNO veteran Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah as Opposition Leader replacing Anwar Ibrahim.

“It’s a joke. That’s my only description to the rumour which attempts to link me to the so-called secret discussion to appoint Tengku Razaleigh as Pakatan Rakyat leader to replace Anwar Ibrahim.

“My advice in this month of Ramadan, please write something truthful and factual. Remember, whatever we write and say will be accounted for by Allah in the Hereafter,” the Kelantan Menteri Besar wrote on his Facebook page.

Earlier, a report quoted the deputy president of pro-UMNO Malaysian Malay Network, Omar Salleh, urging Nik Aziz to come clean on the alleged meeting.

“Why is it a secret from Anwar and Parti Keadilan Rakyat? Does this indicate that several quarters of the opposition are certain that Anwar will be found guilty and face a jail sentence? Maybe Anwar’s lawyer Karpal Singh told DAP and PAS about Anwar’s situation in the sodomy case involving Saiful Bukhari and this led to an effort to find another candidate to fill the opposition leader post,” he remarked.

Nik Aziz however said he found it strange that the alleged proposal  was raised based on a prediction of the court’s verdict.

“Is it true that the court’s decision in the country can be predicted or is it because the verdict is leaked?” he quipped.

Who has more support – Anwar or Razaleigh?

Several other PR leaders have also commented on the rumour, with DAP chairman Karpal Singh saying Razaleigh, who dismantled his splinter party Semangat 46 to return to UMNO’s folds, was no match for Anwar.

“Razaleigh had the opportunity (to serve) in the Opposition via Semangat 46.