PAS Youth chief trounced in party's divisional polls

PAS Youth chief Nik Abduh Nik Aziz secured only 37 votes on Saturday, against the incumbent's 207.
PAS Youth chief Nik Abduh Nik Aziz secured only 37 votes on Saturday, against the incumbent's 207.

KOTA BARU • The Youth chief of Parti Islam SeMalaysia (PAS), Mr Nik Abduh Nik Aziz, was trounced in a party poll at Pengkalan Chepa in Kelantan state, a division previously helmed by his father, PAS spiritual leader Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat, who died in 2015.

Mr Nik Abduh on Saturday challenged the incumbent, Dr Izani Husin, for the post of deputy division chief, but he was able to garner only 37 votes against Dr Izani's 207, reported news site Malaysiakini.

The division is headed by Datuk Mohd Amar Nik Abdullah, who is also Kelantan's deputy chief minister; his father, Mr Nik Abdullah Arshad, previously led the division. He secured the position of PAS chief for Pengkalan Chepa uncontested.

Party insiders were quick to quell speculation about rivalry or disunity arising from Mr Nik Abduh's surprising defeat.

The victor, Dr Izani, declined to elaborate on his win.

"Sorry, no comment. We need to work together for Islam," he told Malaysiakini.

STAUNCH PARTY LOYALIST

Unlike certain leaders who left to form a new party after losing in the PAS elections a couple of years ago, true-blue party members like Nik Abduh will not quit just because the majority in the division decided to support the incumbent.

A PAS YOUTH LEADER, on the strength of Mr Nik Abduh's commitment to the party.

A PAS Youth leader told The Star news site that winning and losing was no big deal in PAS.

"Unlike certain leaders who left to form a new party after losing in the PAS elections a couple of years ago, true-blue party members like Nik Abduh will not quit just because the majority in the division decided to support the incumbent," he said.

The English daily also reported that Mr Nik Abduh - who had recently said he would not defend his post as Youth chief at the party's annual assembly, or muktamar, next month - was likely to contest for a central committee post if nominated.

PAS is currently holding its division-level elections, ahead of the annual congress, which will be held from April 27 to May 1 in Kedah state. Elections for the party's central leadership will take place at the muktamar.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 20, 2017, with the headline 'PAS Youth chief trounced in party's divisional polls'. Print Edition | Subscribe