Nik Aziz tells Umno to apologise
THE MALAYSIAN INSIDER
KOTA BAHRU, June 21 – Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat today demanded Umno apologise for their past actions against PAS, pointing out his opposition to unity talks is consistent with the party stand.
The Islamist party spiritual advisor was responding to Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin’s remark on Friday where the deputy prime minister urged PAS to let bygones be bygones and work towards forming a unity government.
“They want me to forgive they must first admit their mistakes and apologise,” Nik Aziz told reporters at his official residence here before meeting Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.
The Kelantan mentri besar added that his opposition to the unity government proposal is consistent with the decision of the PAS muktamar or general assembly last year.
“I am not being stubborn, I am just defending the decision of the muktamar. Proper procedure must be followed,” said Nik Aziz.
He also reiterated his stand that engagement with Umno is not necessary, saying that it would be difficult for PAS to strengthen Pakatan Rakyat (PR) and to work with the Malay nationalist party at the same time.
During the party’s muktamar early this month, both party president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang and his deputy Nasharudin Mat Isa promised to remain in PR but would continue talking to Umno on specific issues.
Nik Aziz has continued voicing out opposition to working with Umno and had even asked Nasharudin to leave the party and resign as Bachok MP for his stand on unity talks with their political rivals.
PAS is expected to put an end to the public disagreement through PR leadership meeting and the special central working committee meeting.
Nik Aziz has also called for meeting with Hadi, Nasharudin and leaders who are seen to be in favour of pursuing unity talk with Umno.