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