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Sons of late PAS chief in battle to claim his legacy

Mr Nik Omar (centre), eldest son of late PAS leader Nik Aziz Nik Mat, on the campaign trail in Shah Alam, Selangor. He has come under fire from his mother and a brother for contesting under the opposition PH banner.
Mr Nik Omar (centre), eldest son of late PAS leader Nik Aziz Nik Mat, on the campaign trail in Shah Alam, Selangor. He has come under fire from his mother and a brother for contesting under the opposition PH banner.PHOTO: KEADILAN DAILY

Two sons of revered preacher Nik Aziz Nik Mat, who died in 2015, are fighting over his legacy in a contest that could have big implications for political Islam in Malaysia.

Datuk Nik Aziz's eldest son Nik Omar, 53, is contesting under the opposition Pakatan Harapan (PH) banner in Chempaka, the state seat of the late preacher.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 08, 2018, with the headline 'Sons of late PAS chief in battle to claim his legacy'. Print Edition | Subscribe