Friday, February 13, 2015

The Death of a Great Sage/Politician.

The former Kelantan menteri besar died at 9.45pm, an hour after he was sent home in Kota Baru after doctors took him off respiratory support at Hospital Universiti Sains Malaysia in Kubang Kerian.
"His health deteriorated after the doctors treated the ulcer last night," his son, Nik Mohd Abduh, had said earlier in a statement issued in the state capital Kota Baru.
Nik Aziz was the longest-serving menteri besar for Kelantan from 1990 to 2013.
Husam confirmed Nik Aziz's death to The Malaysian Insider.
The respected leader was also the PAS spiritual adviser.
Nik Aziz had been the strongest advocate of the Pakatan Rakyat (PR) alliance since its formation in 2008, and also rejected all possibility of PAS cooperating with Umno.
He had once warned he would spit in the face of any PAS leader who wished to form an alliance with the ruling Malay party, having personally experienced the bitterness of leading PAS after Umno ejected it from Barisan Nasional (BN).
He was the most respected leader among his colleagues in PR components DAP and PKR, including opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.
Anwar often flew to Nik Aziz’s home in Pulau Melaka, Kota Baru, to consult the leader before PR made any major decisions or faced internal problems.
He also managed to earn the trust of non-Muslims nationwide, and, among others, supported their right to use the word "Allah" as long as they had no ill intentions.
Born on January 10, 1931, Nik Aziz obtained his early education from his own father, who was a religious teacher.
He later continued his studies in Darul Uloom Deoband, Uttar Pradesh, India, majoring in the Arabic language. Aside from Bahasa Malaysia and Arabic, Nik Aziz also spoke Tamil.
After earning his first degree, Nik Aziz pursued his post graduate studies in Al Azhar Univesity, Egypt, and graduated with a Masters of Arts in Islamic jurisprudence.
Upon his return to Malaysia, he worked as a religious teacher and contested in his first general election in 1967, the same year he joined PAS.
He won the Kelantan Hilir parliamentary seat (later renamed to Pengkalan Chepa) and retained the seat until 1986.
Nik Aziz was appointed the Kelantan PAS Commissioner in 1978 after the party lost the state. He and then-PAS President Datuk Asri Haji Muda did not see eye-to-eye, and the latter eventually resigned the same year.
Nik Aziz first contested a state seat in 1986. He was appointed the Kelantan menteri besar after PAS won the state in 1990.
The following year, he was appointed PAS spiritual leader after Haji Yusof Rawa, who had previously held the position, passed away.
Nik Aziz had stepped down as Kelantan menteri besar on May 6 2013, despite winning the Chempaka state seat in the 13th general election.
After he resigned from the post, his health gradually worsened, forcing him to spend many of his days warded at the Hospital Universiti Sains Malaysia (HUSM) in Kubang Kerian.
He leaves behind wife Datin Tuan Sabariah Tuan Ishak and 10 children, including Pasir Mas MP Nik Mohd Abduh Nik Aziz.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak was interrupted by news of Nik Aziz's death while giving a speech at the 15th Cheras Education Foundation anniversary celebration tonight.
The prime minister was informed by Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor and paused for a few moments before informing those present at the anniversary celebration about the death and offered the al-Fatihah prayers for the PAS spiritual leader.
Najib also tweeted his condolences (pic): "Innalillahiwainnailaihirajiun. Saya sedih mendengar Tok Guru Datuk Nik Aziz Nik Mat telah pulang ke rahmatullah. Al-Fatihah."
(I am sad to hear that Tok Guru Datuk Nik Aziz Nik Mat has returned to be with God. Al-fatihah.)
Today, the country as a whole has lost a great figure who cannot be easily replaced.  – February 12, 2015.
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