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“Not proper for Nik Aziz to ask Nasharuddin to step down”

KUALA LUMPUR, 19 June 2009: Information Communication and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim said it was not appropriate for PAS spiritual leader Datuk Nik Aziz Nik Mat to ask Nasharuddin Mat Isa to step down as PAS deputy president and Bachok Member of Parliament for supporting the proposal for the formation of a unity government.

Rais said Nasharuddin was elected by the delegates to the PAS general assembly to team up with PAS president Datuk Abdul Hadi Awang in leading the party. Thus, he said, the call for someone to relinquish his post must come from the majority of the party members, and not from an individual.

“When someone gives his views, especially with regard to solidarity, we should not brush him aside as a leader. Furthermore, Nasharuddin was elected by the party itself and not by the Kelantan menteri besar,” he told reporters after chairing a meeting of the main committee for the 52nd Merdeka Day celebrations here today.

Nik Abdul Aziz recently asked Nasharuddin to relinquish his post in PAS and as the MP for Bachok for supporting Hadi Awang’s proposal for the formation of a unity government with Umno. — Bernama

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7 Responses to ““Not proper for Nik Aziz to ask Nasharuddin to step down””

  1. M.K. says:

    People should learn to mind their own business.

  2. kip says:

    Maybe you (Dr Rais Yatim) should reserve your comments and keep away from butting into other people’s business. Take care of your own backyard first le.

  3. Right2Choose says:

    BN will grab at anything to stay in power and fend off the creditable challenge that PR is putting up. It will be foolish of PAS to rock the opposition coalition just for some short term gains. BN will say anything to sway public opinion, but I think the people are much smarter now. You really need to meet the needs of the citizens now.

    So instead of trying to stay in power by these deceitful means, I think it would be much wiser for BN to realize its mistake and apologise to the people and act humbly and truthfully to meet the needs of all its citizens. PAS would be foolish to fall for this for BN will use you (when it’s to their advantage) then lose you when they no longer have a need for you.

    Tok Guru Nik Aziz understands this and it would be wise for PAS leaders to understand this as well. Did they talk about Malay unity when they were not under “threat”? They only do it now knowing that their time is coming to an end. So like a drowning person they want to grab anything that can prolong their political survival.

  4. kam says:

    It’s certainly a delight to see our national leaders from Umno and PAS being supportive of each other. Go BN! Go PAS! Hidup Melayu!

    By the way, please read my first statement with sarcasm.

  5. raymond says:

    Proper or improper it’s not up to Rais Yatim to decide. It’s up to PAS and its committee to decide. Just stay on your side of the fence unless you Datuk have a hidden agenda for Umno. It seems so because you are a busy body!

  6. james au says:

    My humble advice to Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim as a common citizen: Please clean up the BN backyard … it’s been piling up with garbage for the past 50 years! Join PAS if you are so interested in their affairs.

  7. kanna says:

    Rais should pay more attention to what is happening in BN. How come he had no advice for PM on the Perak fiasco … the people have practically lost confidence in BN and he knows it … he should try his level best to bring back the confidence of the people to BN … unless like everybody else he knows that it is a forgone conclusion.


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