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KUALA LUMPUR: Pas’ Pasir Mas mem­ber of par­lia­ment fired a salvo at Parti Pribumi Ber­satu Malaysia (PPBM) chair­man Tun Dr Ma­hathir Mo­hamad, ad­vis­ing him against el­e­vat­ing his son in pol­i­tics, as the former prime min­is­ter might end up fir­ing him as well.

Nik Ab­duh Nik Ab­dul Aziz said Dr Ma­hathir should re­pent and re­turn to the prayer mat, say­ing that it was the best for him.

“There is no need for you to main­tain your lu langsi lu mati (my way or the high­way) ap­proach, which you have been do­ing con­tin­u­ously since you were young.

“(You) el­e­vated (Tun) Musa Hi- tam, you fired Musa Hi­tam. El- evated (Tun Ab­dul) Gha­far Baba, fired Gha­far Baba. El­e­vated (Datuk Seri) Anwar (Ibrahim), fired Anwar. El­e­vated Pak Lah (Tun Ab­dul­lah Ah­mad Badawi), fired Pak Lah. El­e­vated (Datuk Seri) Na­jib (Razak), you want to fire Na­jib.

“I ad­vise him not to el­e­vate (Datuk Seri) Mukhriz. Or else, he will end up fir­ing Mukhriz, too. I am ad­vis­ing Malaysians as well,” he told Pas’ mouth­piece, Harakah Daily.

He said while Dr Ma­hathir must be re­spected, the former prime min­is­ter should just rest and de­vote to God for the coun­try’s wel­lbe­ing.

Nik Ab­duh, who is also the Is­lamic party’s cen­tral work­ing com­mit­tee mem­ber, said although the 92-year-old was able to de­feat all his politi­cal foes, he was un­able to tri­umph over the late Datuk Nik Aziz Nik Mat’s politi­cal strug­gle.

“Dr Ma­hathir’s vengeance has not ended and, per­haps, Al­lah wants it to stay that way so his vengeance and ha­tred to­wards Pas con­tin­ues.”

He said Dr Ma­hathir was “very happy” to see Pas di­vided but was em­bar­rassed at the same time that the former Pas lead­ers that sup­ported him now were very weak, while Pas con­tin­ued to thrive.

Musa, who was the deputy prime min­is­ter (DPM) in 1981 to 1986 re­signed cit­ing ir­rec­on­cil­able dif­fer­ences with Dr Ma­hathir, who was then prime min­is­ter.

In 1998, Dr Ma­hathir dis­missed Anwar as his DPM af­ter cracks emerged in their re­la­tion­ship, over Malaysia’s eco­nomic re­sponse to the 1997 Asian Fi­nan­cial Cri­sis. Anwar was ac­cused of be­ing a ho­mo­sex­ual and abus­ing his author­ity.

Ab­dul­lah, who was the fifth prime min­is­ter, suf­fered a re­duced ma­jor­ity dur­ing the 12th gen­eral elec­tion in 2008. This led to Dr Ma­hathir — who had served as Umno pres­i­dent for 22 years, to an­nounce that he was quit­ting Umno af­ter los­ing con­fi­dence in Ab­dul­lah’s lead­er­ship.

Nik Ab­duh Nik Ab­dul Aziz

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