My father foresaw PR demise, says Nik Abduh


Nik Mohamad Abduh says, even break-up of PAS was foretold by Nik Aziz Nik Mat, the Islamist party’s late spiritual leader.

(FMT) – The late PAS spiritual leader Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat had already foreseen that Pakatan Rakyat (PR) would split up as the coalition was getting weaker.

His son, Nik Mohamad Abduh, was quoted in the Oriental Daily as saying that PR’s cooperation policy was to reach an agreement regarding problems that arise and if it could not be resolved they should avoid making the problems any bigger.

“My father knew that Pakatan Rakyat was getting weaker, because DAP was opposing PAS’ agenda, and in fact refused to compromise and were rude,” said Nik Abduh.

The PAS Youth Chief said DAP was a party that had a hidden agenda and this was why both parties weren’t able to work together for the long term.

“DAP can not accept the true teachings of Islam, but they claim to accept Islam and that is the hidden agenda I’m talking about,” he said, adding that DAP only wanted to understand and accept Islam as long as it fitted with their plans.

‘Selfish party’

Nik Mohamad Abduh also said that if DAP wanted to invite PAS back to the discussion table with Pakatan Harapan (PH), then they should first acknowledge that the Islamist party was not the cause of PR’s demise.

“Based on the current political situation, I don’t think DAP will agree to these terms because they are a hasty and selfish party.

“We do not expect DAP to accept PAS’ political ideology, but they have to respect our party,” he said.

He added that it would be very difficult for PAS and DAP to sit down together now, although Amanah was worse (than DAP) because they had “betrayed” the Islamist party.

According to Nik Abduh, his late father also foresaw that PAS was at risk of breaking up from within.

“He was clearly asking members to continue supporting the party’s leadership. The media reported it and everybody knows this,” he said in dismissing claims that his struggle strayed from his father’s goals.

He added that because PAS has chosen not to join PH, the Islamist party had been accused of supporting Barisan Nasional.

“Based on my understanding, PAS has never negotiated with Umno on seats. The only thing we’ve done is to reorganise branch preparations to oppose Umno,” he said.

In another development, Nik Abduh dismissed claims that he and his 10 siblings were quarreling adding that they had a very good relationship and often met.

“Only my eldest sister lives in Kuala Lumpur. With the rest of us living in Kelantan, our family and siblings gather every week,” he said.