KOTA BHARU, Feb 13 – With thousands having made their way to Kampung Pulau Melaka here, to pay their last respects to former Kelantan Menteri Besar Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat who passed away last night, the compound of Masjid Tok Guru was filled to the brim with folks wanting to join in the ‘jenazah’ prayers.
The prayer commenced at 10am and concluded a few minutes later. Minor chaos took place earlier as the crowd began to increase in numbers and some people began pushing each other. The funeral committee immediately instructed everyone to stay calm. Soon after the prayer ended, some began making their way to the Pulau Melaka Muslim cemetery for the burial, located some 300 metres from the mosque.
However, they were those who insisted on remaining in the mosque. Nik Abdul Aziz’s son, Nik Mohamad Abduh said, “I will not let my father’s remains be moved out of the mosque until everyone begins to clear out. “We do not want any untoward incidents of pushing and shoving to take place,” he said.
At present, the body is still in the mosque awaiting clearance from the security committee. Nik Abdul Aziz, who served as Kelantan Menteri Besar for 23 years until 2013 passed away last night after a long battle with prostate cancer. Earlier, PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang said noted the number of attendance at the funeral as the universal respect for Nik Abdul Aziz or more affectionately known as Tok Guru.
Battling tears, Abdul Hadi said the attendance of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, cabinet ministers and non-Muslim leaders showed the enigma of the person Nik Abdul Aziz was, despite differing ideologies. “His passing has brought unity and has proven the sort of respect he commanded by living the humble life he led,” he said.
Abdul Hadi stressed that the simplicity that Nik Abdul Aziz preached during his life should be a lesson for everybody. “As our beloved Tok Guru departs us, let us continue to learn from him and take the opportunity to follows the examples that he set during his life,” he added.