KOTA BARU, Feb 13 – Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng described the moderate life of PAS’ spiritual adviser Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat as having set a good example to the public especially to non-Muslims. “Every Malaysian can feel the loss of a great man.
“I represent the majority of non-Muslims, the ‘sempoi’ (moderate) life of Nik Aziz had been a good example to all,” he said. Guan Eng said this here in Kampung Pulau Melaka, as he arrived earlier with his father, DAP supremo Lim Kit Siang to attend the funeral of Nik Abdul Aziz or more affectionately known as Tok Guru.
Nik Abdul Aziz passed away last night at his home at 9.45pm, here, after a long battle with prostate cancer. Remembering the 12th General Election, Guan Eng said Nik Abdul Aziz played an important role in guiding the new menteri besar and chief ministers after Pakatan Rakyat won five states.
“Tok Guru (Nik Aziz) has taught us a lot, who at that time were still new Menteri Besar and chief ministers. “Tok Guru showed us how a clean government can govern the states well,” Guan Eng added. Also present to pay his last respects is PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang.
Others included PAS information chief Datuk Mahfuz Omar, party secretary-general Datuk Mustapha Ali, PAS Research Institute director Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad and Selangor state assemblyman Zaidy Abdul Talib. Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak is also on the way to attend the funeral, after leaving for Kelantan from the Royal Malaysian Air Force base in Subang earlier this morning. Nik Abdul Aziz served as Kelantan Menteri Besar for 23 years before stepping down in 2013.