KUALA LUMPUR, June 18 — Senior PAS leaders today asked Nasharudin Mat Isa to meet Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat to resolve the misunderstanding between them over unity talks with Umno, in a sign that the three-term deputy president has failed to obtain the support of the Islamist party's central leadership.
Newly-elected vice-presidents Salahudin Ayub and Datuk Mahfuz Omar urged Nasharudin to face the party spiritual leader before the central working committee convenes a special meeting next week.
Yesterday the Kelantan mentri besar asked Nasharudin to leave the party and resign as Bachok MP for responding positively to unity talks with Umno.
Nik Aziz had previously called those who are in favour of forming unity government as Umno's puppets.
“At this stage it is best for Ustaz Nasharudin to meet Tuan Guru Nik Aziz, I will make my views known at the special meeting,” Salahudin told reporters.
Mahfuz said he has been trying to contact Nasharudin, who was absent from Parliament today, to tell him to personally meet Nik Aziz to clear the air.
“I was hoping for him to attend so that we can sit down and talk about the matter, but he did not, maybe he is under pressure,” said Mahfuz.
“I tried calling him this morning, but he was unreachable, so I send him a text message as a friend hoping that he will meet Tuan Guru Nik Aziz,” he added.
Mahfuz believed that Nik Aziz's outburst yesterday was not motivated by hatred.
“He said that out of love and his interest in Nasharudin's future as a PAS leader,” he added.
Nasharudin has been under pressure since the general election last year for his role in clandestine Malay unity talks with Umno.
His main challenger during the party election early this month, Datuk Husam Musa, accused Nasharudin of being “too liberal with Umno.”