KUALA LUMPUR, April 15 — The second son of the late Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat, Nik Omar today confirmed that he will not be joining Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah) as his mother has disallowed him from joining party.
Nik Omar was reported in Sinar Harian as saying that his mother, Tuan Sabariah Tuan Ishak, did not give him permission to join politics.
“It all depends on my mother, so long as she forbids, we got to accept as she believes there will be clashes.
“Why my mother? Because I want to show that no matter what, it is important to get the blessing and permission of your mother,” he was quoted as saying.
Nik Omar, who holds no position with PAS although being a lifetime member, was reported by a source to be offered to contest in the Pengkalan Chepa parliamentary seat or one of three state assembly seats — Panchor, Chempaka or Kijang under an Amanah ticket.
All four seats were won by PAS in the 2013 general election.
In the Sinar Harian report, Nik Omar admitted to meeting Amanah leaders, but did not elaborate on details aside from saying that he presented his “views”.
“Personally, I don’t like fighting, (instead) I enjoy making friends.
“I may have a different perception on things, and they may be perceived or aligned with what that are presented by Amanah,” he was quoted as saying.
Nik Omar, whose eldest brother is Nik Abduh, however noted that PAS will not be able to grow without a strong coalition like Pakatan Harapan.
“If you ask me, I will vote for PAS, but I see that in order to win in politics you will need to have a strong coalition.
“PAS is alone and although it is strong, its coalition isn’t like Pakatan Harapan, which has four parties with strengths of their own,” he was quoted as saying.