Nik Omar Nik Abdul Aziz, says he is not joining Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah). – The Malaysian Insider file pic, January 3, 2016.The son of late PAS spiritual leader Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat, Nik Omar has now denied talks of his entry into Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah), reports Sinar Harian.
The Malay daily quoted Nik Omar as saying that he was not involved with the PAS splinter party and denied being appointed as Kelantan Amanah shariah panel chairman.
“I am not involved. I take in the respective (party) views, I accept and respect each other's existence,” he told the daily.
On Friday, Nik Omar was announced to have joined the party during a Kelantan Amanah dinner in Petaling Jaya Civic Centre which was attended by some 1,000 people.
Opposition leader Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng, DAP parliamentary leader Lim Kit Siang, and also former PAS vice-president Datuk Husam Musa were present at the event.
Nik Omar, the daily reported, has also denied joining Amanah under a sobriquet or assumed name.
The second son of the late Nik Aziz, was rumoured to have joined Amanah several times last month after he attended the party's events.
According to Malaysiakini, Nik Omar's entry into Amanah was made by Kelantan Amanah communications director Nordin Hussin, who later denied it.
The portal reported a senior leader within Amanah had confirmed Nik Omar's membership, which was being kept at a low profile according to the wishes of Tuan Sabariah Tuan Ishak, Nik Omar's mother and wife of the late PAS president.
Nik Aziz died in February last year at the age of 84 and is respected by politicians on both sides of the divide.
The longest-serving Kelantan menteri besar was a strong advocate of the Islamist PAS's collaboration with the then Pakatan Rakyat, the opposition alliance comprising PAS, DAP and PKR.
Amanah has since replaced PAS in the new opposition pact, Pakatan Harapan, due to a fallout between PAS and DAP. – January 3, 2016.