Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah) vice-president Husam Musa is amused that PAS is “going all out” to attack his possible candidacy as Kelantan menteri besar if Pakatan Harapan wins the state, pointing out that it was as if PAS was certain it was going to lose.
“I’m amused that PAS appears as if it is confident it will lose the (Kelantan) government.
“If it knows it isn’t going to lose the state government, why bother about debating on other menteri besar candidates?” Husam told a press conference at the Amanah headquarters in Kuala Lumpur today.
PAS had branded Husam as DAP’s nominated stooge to take control of Kelantan, after DAP parliamentary leader Lim Kit Siang endorsed the Amanah leader as candidate for menteri besar if Harapan wins the state.
Husam said he accepted the nomination, but it was still subjected to the approval of the coalition as a whole.
“If the parties in Pakatan Harapan do not accept, then it will not happen. If the parties in Harapan accept, then I too accept in the interest of Harapan’s strategic struggle, particularly in Kelantan.
“If someone, who is more qualified comes along, I will make way for that person,” Husam said.
Many PAS leaders have voiced their criticism over Lim’s endorsement of Husam.
PAS central committee member Nik Abduh Nik Aziz has branded DAP as disrespectful of its Pakatan Harapan coalition members by trying to leapfrog them in naming a Kelantan menteri besar candidate.
PAS vice-president Mohd Amar Nik Abdullah had said the endorsement showed DAP was the “real leader” and “director” of Harapan.
Husam, who was previously PAS vice-president, urged his former party to name their candidate for the menteri besar post.
“They (PAS) need to name their next menteri besar.
“Will Ahmad Yakob be menteri besar or will Nik Amar or will Nik Abduh be the menteri besar?
“Harapan does not know who PAS’ menteri besar candidate is because PAS controls Kelantan. As the state government, why can’t they name their menteri besar,” he questioned.