Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat, or simply Nik Aziz, the spiritual leader of PAS has died, age 84. The Chempaka state assemblyman passed away at about 9:40pm yesterday, two days before the Valentine Day. PAS, one of three political parties within opposition Pakatan Rakyat (People Alliance), was led by the spiritual leader in forming the Kelantan PAS government for a whopping 23-years after wrested the state from Barisan Nasional in 1990.
Nik Aziz, who suffered from prostate cancer, leaves behind his wife Sabariah Tuan Ishak and 10 children, including Pasir Mas MP Nik Mohd Abduh Nik Aziz. Born on Jan 10, 1931 in Kampung Pulau Melaka, Kubang Kerian, Nik Aziz obtained his early education from his own father, who was a religious teacher and continued his studies in Darul Uloom Deoband, Uttar Pradesh, India, majoring in the Arabic language in 1952 and Universiti Lahore, Pakistan, in 1957.
After his first degree from the Al Azhar University in Egypt, he later graduated with a Masters of Arts in Islamic jurisprudence and worked as a religious teacher upon his return in Sekolah Menengah Agama Tarbiyyah Mardiah, Sekolah Menengah Agama Darul Anwar and Sekolah Menengah Maahad Muhammadi. He contested his first general election after joining PAS in 1967.
Also known as “Tok Guru”, he is the second longest-serving state leader in the country after Sarawak Chief Minister Taib Mahmud. He witnessed his president – Asri Muda – forming an alliance with UMNO and subsequently an entity of Barisan Nasional (BN) in 1972, under the pretext of Malay unity, only to be fooled and played out by BN. Humiliated, PAS exit from the alliance 5-years later, with tail between legs.
Kelantan fell to BN in the 1978 general election. Mr Asri was forced to resign in 1990, and under the leadership of former PAS President Fadzil Noor, PAS wrested back Kelantan and Nik Aziz was appointed Menteri Besar. After former PAS President Yusof Rawa passed away, Nik Aziz took over as the party’s spiritual advisor ever since. Nik Aziz was the last bastion who rejected any alliance with UMNO, till his last breath yesterday.
Tok Guru’s death couldn’t come at a worse time for Pakatan, just two days after opposition PKR supremo Anwar Ibrahim returned to prison for 5-years. With heavyweights Nik Aziz and Anwar out of the picture, DAP Lim Kit Siang has everything to worry while UMNO Najib Razak and PAS Hadi Awang have everything to smile. The calculations on the table show a new alliance between UMNO and PAS about to be formed.
It’s a public knowledge that the only obstacle for PAS Hadi Awang to openly enter Najib’s bedroom was Nik Aziz. Now that the spiritual leader has gone to meet his creator, and most likely continues his debate about “Hudud” with Karpal Singh (*tongue-in-cheek*), Hadi Awang is unstoppable and invicible. By virtue of his position as the President of PAS, Hadi should not find much problems consolidating his power.
Some says traitor Hadi Awang is worse than the Talibans, but he’s not about to take a flight to Afghanistan yet. Even if the pressure continues within PAS for him to retire as the president, most likely he would ended up as PAS new spiritual advisor, replacing Nik Aziz. Even as we speak, Najib and Hadi teams have started discussing about this golden opportunity and the best way to make the alliance works.
If the chances of conservative Hadi’s team controlling PAS was at 55% to the progressive team of 45% before Nik Aziz’s death, the ratio now has turned to as high as 75% in favour of Hadi Awang and his minions. It seems Mohamad Sabu (PAS deputy president) who belongs to the progressive side could be in trouble. With UMNO’s financial muscle, how many PAS members could say no to a unity government, again, under the pretext of Malay unity?
With PAS happily joining BN, the evil UMNO regime would suddenly flushed with 21 parliamentary seats won by PAS during 2013 general election. That would boost BN trophies to a comfortable 154 seats, more than enough for the minimum 148 seats desperately needed for a two-thirds majority. With a two-thirds majority, minion Election Commission could perform a bias redelineation acrobatic and voila, BN will be in power for another 50-years.
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