Former minister Khairuddin Aman Razali and a son of the late PAS president Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat lost in the central party elections today.
Met by reporters after the party’s muktamar, Nik Abduh accepted the defeat and said he relished having fewer responsibilities now.
“I congratulate my friends who have won. I feel it is a big burden that I have let go. I will continue to assist the party wherever possible,” he said.
Khairuddin, a former plantation industries and commodities minister, said the defeat was “normal” and denied claims that a leaked audio recording of him deriding party president Abdul Hadi Awang was behind his ouster.
“Opportunistic enemies created the audio recording,” he said.
Hadi’s son, Muhammad Khalil, was the biggest winner in the central committee polls, garnering 884 votes.
Also among the top five were Kedah menteri besar Muhammad Sanusi Md Nor who was second (877 votes), followed by Kamaruzzaman Mohamad (872), Khairil Nizam Khirudin (844) and Riduan Mohd Noor (841) .
The others elected were Iskandar Abdul Samad (822), Dr Halimah Ali (774), Dr Mohd Fadzli Hassan (736), Ahmad Marzuk Shaari (707), Mohd Nassuruddin Daud (706), Najihatussolehah Ahmad (695), Siti Zailah Mohd Yusoff (688), Azman Ibrahim (679), Nasrudin Hassan (645), Ahmad Amzad Mohamed (615), Aliakbar Gulasan (613), Mahfodz Mohamed (609) and Dr Rosni Adam (609).
The three vice-president’s posts were retained by incumbents Idris Ahmad (1,164 votes), Mohd Amar Abdullah (956) and Ahmad Samsuri Mokhtar (778).
The presidency and deputy presidency had been won unchallenged by Hadi and Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man.
They will hold these posts until 2023.
Hadi, in a statement later, said energy and natural resources minister Takiyuddin Hassan would remain as PAS secretary-general and former party vice-president Iskandar Abdul Samad would continue to serve as treasurer.
He added that Sanusi had also been retained as the party’s elections director. – FMT