Monday, 4 May 2009

Nik Aziz: Leave Penanti to PKR

Datuk Nik Aziz Nik Mat today told PAS members to stop demanding that the party fields its own candidate in the upcoming Penanti state by-election supposedly to fulfill the grassroots’ wish although it is not the party's stronghold.

Datuk Nik Aziz, who is also the Kelantan Menteri Besar, said that he did not want the party members to create problems by going against the agreement reached by the PAS-DAP-PKR pact by making such a demand.

Nik Aziz, also said that PAS must keep its promise made before with PKR on the allocation of seats

Nik Aziz Tells PAS Members To Leave Penanti To PKR

KOTA BAHARU, May 4 (Bernama) -- PAS spiritual leader Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat has told party members not to create problems by demanding to field its candidate for the Penanti state seat by-election on May 31.

He said PAS must keep to the agreement made with Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR), one of its partners in the opposition pact.

"If it's a PKR area, then it's their right (to contest the seat). We should go back to the agreement made. As Muslims, we should keep our promise, so we should not create problems now.

"Just like in Kelantan, we follow the agreement. When we give a seat to PKR, whether they win or lose, it's their business," Nik Aziz said when met by reporters at his residence in Pulau Melaka, here, today.

He was responding to the demand made by Penang PAS Youth chief, Mohd Hafiz Mohd Nordin, that the party leadership consider fielding a PAS candidate in Penanti after the seat fell vacant following the resignation of the incumbent assemblyman and former Penang Deputy Chief Minister I, Mohammad Fairus Khairuddin, 32, on April 16.

The Election Commission has fixed May 23 for the nomination of candidates and May 31 for polling.

Yesterday, PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang reiterated the party's stand to support the candidate chosen by PKR, Mansor Othman, and that the decision was final.

Meanwhile, Barisan Nasional (BN) has not decided whether to contest in the Penanti by-election. Continue here .

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