In the days of Dr Mahathir when he was Prime Minister of Malaysia, there were many opposition supporters and members who gave a range of nicknames to Tun.
Among the many - Maha Firaun, Dictator.
Actually, PAS fail to see the real picture of who is really the Maha Firaun and dictator. If indeed an individual is not the leader of a democratic country but a dictator, such individual will never retire. In fact, he or she will cling on to the position till his last breath.
Tok Guru Nik Aziz have held the position of Mursyidul Am and Menteri Besar Kelantan for a very long time.
We can classify leaders like Samy Vellu, Dr Ling, and Nik Aziz as men from the era of Mahathir’s administration.
Almost all have left the scene and retire from their service to the country and the people. Of course, we now have Samy Vellu holding on to the position as MIC President but that is not the point here today.
Tok Nik Aziz is the oldest leader in today’s politics if I am not mistaken. He was born in 1931 in Kelantan, a true local breed leader. This year, Tok Nik celebrates his 78th birthday.
Tun Mahathir has already retired some time ago and this year marks the 6th anniversary Malaysia parted with a prominent leader.
Kelantan, undeniable to all, is underdeveloped and we all know this. One cannot deny the fact that development is always hampered by politics.
Those who think that politics and development targets should be distinct and separate are indeed ignorant. The reasoning stays simple and clear.
If one party was to develop another party’s place, the people see no reason to change the representative especially when the incumbent claims that they are the ones who bring the development.
However, this should not be used as an excuse for underdevelopment in the state. Take a look at Penang and Selangor. These two states are under the Opposition rule, yet they continue to attract investors.
Perak is also one of the “boring” and laid back state. The silver state also received attention from potential investors in many sectors.
These are all made possible with fresh ideas from the young and the constructive opinions from experts. People don’t flock to a State by itself but such moves require the art of persuasion, manipulation and of course repackaging the State to be attractive.
This is one area Kelantan Government has failed over the years. Of course, by now many will be thinking that “hey, I thought Kelantan has logging and agriculture industries?”.
True, but the logging industry is controversial in Kelantan (just Google it and you will know what I mean, don’t want any trouble for my blog). Agriculture is also a unique point. How many of you will want to have fruit farms, cattle farms or any other form of agricultural businesses in Kelantan?
You see the point, and you get what I mean. I have been to Kelantan before and I know how Kelantan is. It is indeed peaceful and this I do not deny. However, having a peaceful state should not mean underdevelopment.
New blood must come in PAS Kelantan.
Tok Nik cannot deny that he is getting older and weaker by the day. Of course, Tok Nik’s supporters will also argue that Tun Dr M underwent surgery also. But one cannot deny that Tun Dr M looks and might actually be fitter than Tok Nik.
Ideas are also not flowing in well. Let the new blood take charge. Don’t tell me PAS with a claimed 1 million members do not have capable younger leaders to lead their one and only State.
Tok Nik is not supreme and it will indeed be a mockery to the Party if Tok Nik feels no one can takeover from him. Tok Nik must know and be ready to let it go. Statesmen should know when to stay and when to retire.
There was once a statement by Tok Nik that he will only go when people asks him to. It is not that easy, Tok Nik.
If one day Nasharuddin Isa says you should go, politicians in PAS will exploit the opportunity to bring him down and others can move up the ladder.
If one day Husam Musa or Anuar Tan say that it is time you handover, these two will see their final days in PAS politics soon enough. Even the President does not have the power and strength to tell you that it is time to retire and let new blood takeover.
Kelantan, a highly populated state with religious people, needed you Tok Nik. “Needed” is not the same as “need”. Today, Kelantan should look ahead to develop and improve the people’s quality of life.
In PAS, the Presidential Council is like a lame duck. Everyone elected there must be in Tok Nik’s good books. This is not democracy and PAS knows it well.
Today, Tok Nik is calling for an EGM to remove PAS President. I am not a fan of Pak Hadi but neither do I agree with the methods and power grasp of PAS Kelantan.
If Tun M is labelled as a “pemimpin kuku besi” in UMNO and Malaysia by PAS leaders, then PAS supporters must ask, “Ain’t Tok Nik the one who is the pemimpin kuku besi?”
Mahathir allowed different ideologies and democracy to flourish in the Party. In PAS, it is all about “menjahanamkan UMNO” and upholding religion but yet call for an all inclusive system.
PAS’ problem is not just the stranglehold by Tok Nik and his close allies. PAS, as I see it, is a like car with many drivers. PAS supporters and members are lost. Islam or not ? Compromise or not ?
PAS should remodel their political party. Do they want to uphold religion or not ? When we uphold our struggles on the basis of religion, we cannot afford to compromise.
Compromising on the struggles will only mean that the religion is disputable. This is not the case since religions are normally indisputable by believers.
Of course, PAS supporters can argue that other political parties are also compromising their struggles.
DAP struggles for democracy but their compromise (in allowing the Lims to lead on) are fine since democratic principles and definition vary, religion do not.
UMNO fight to reduce income gap among races. The methodology can differ and be disputed, religion can not.
PAS indeed has many problems and these problems are worrying. PAS politics affect all of us and if they continue to be confused, then PAS’ days are numbered by a strong UMNO today and an impatient Anwar Ibrahim who prefers things to go smoothly en route to Putrajaya.