KOTA BARU - PAS vice-president Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man has turnd down his nomination for the PAS presidency, saying the "unprecedented" challenge for the top post was not good for party unity.
"My nomination for the post is a shock that will not build party unity," he said on his Facebook page yesterday.
He said it was best to stick to the current tradition where the top post had always been won uncontested in the era of the ulama leadership.
Tuan Ibrahim called on PAS divisions to show their undivided support for incumbent president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang, saying that a contest for the top post would not be good for party unity
Tuan Ibrahim was named as the contender for the PAS presidency by Kota Baru PAS division head Datuk Wan Abdul Rahim Wan Abdullah on Monday.
Wan Abdul Rahim had claimed that Abdul Hadi does not want to defend his post during the party elections in June since he is unwell.
"As such, he will be more suited to replace the late Datuk Nik Aziz Nik Mat as the party's mursyidul am (spiritual leader).
"I am of the opinion that Abdul Hadi knows that he needs a rest. This is based on the fact that he fell ill while in Istanbul last year," Wan Abdul Rahim said.
His remarks did not go down well with Kelantan PAS deputy commissioner (I) and Deputy Mentri Besar Datuk Mohd Amar Abdullah, who described the Kota Baru division's move to nominate a contender for the presidency as hasty and unwarranted.
Mohd Amar, who is also Pengkalan Chepa PAS division head, described Wan Rahim's claims about Abdul Hadi as "lame" and "mind-boggling".
"Wan Abdul Rahim is wrong because Tok Guru Abdul Hadi will defend his post. His services and wisdom are still much needed," he said yesterday.
"Abdul Hadi is now in Mecca to perform the umrah, and if he was sickly, he would not have gone abroad. I believe there is a hidden agenda on the part of the division."
Mohd Amar said the Pengkalan Chepa division will nominate Abdul Hadi to defend his post.
Abdul Hadi's position has never before been challenged since he took over as PAS president following the death of Datuk Fadzil Noor in 2002.