KUALA KRAI, 26 June 2009: PAS spiritual leader Datuk Nik Aziz Nik Mat should not make statements that could confuse the people, especially when he likened the Umno cause to the teachings of Ayah Pin, describing the party as "communistic" and propagating the socialist ideology that rejects religion and belief in God.
Gua Musang Member of Parliament Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah said the statement by Nik Aziz at a ceramah in Laloh, Manek Urai, on 21 June, which was alleged to be seditious, was inappropriate as the Kelantan menteri besar had previously contested in the general election in Kelantan on a Barisan Nasional (BN) ticket.
"PAS is also a political party like Umno. We (Umno) are also fighting for Islam. Everything that we do is for the sake of Islam. It should not be questioned. Such talks are illogical.
"He was previously with the BN, too. In 1967, he contested in a by-election in Kelantan together with the BN. In 1974, when Kelantan was under the BN government, he contested in Bachok on a BN ticket. Why raise an issue that can confuse the people's thinking?" Razaleigh said.
He said this to reporters after a meeting with the people of Manik Urai at Sekolah Kebangsaan Manik Urai here today. Also present were Kelantan BN secretary Datuk Alwi Che Ahmad, and Kuala Krai Umno division head Datuk Ramzi Abdul Rahman.
On the by-election for the Manik Urai state seat on 14 July, Razaleigh said the BN had a good chance of victory as PAS had lost the seat before. — Bernama