SHAH ALAM, June 6 — Ousted Perak mentri besar Datuk Seri Nizar Jamaluddin cemented his reputation as a popular politician by topping the votes for the PAS central committee elections, winning 854 votes.
The Perak PAS deputy chief was initially seen as a favourite to contest the vice-president post but decided against the idea, despite strong support from many party divisions.
Nizar was joined by Kedah Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Azizan Abdul Razak who obtained 653 votes.
Speaking to reporters after the announcement of the results the Bukit Gantang MP thanked muktamar delegates for their confidence in him and shot down the suggestion that there is a split in the party.
“Today shows that we are one solid party,” said Nizar.
While Mujahid Yusof Rawa who lost the vice-presidential race won a place in the central committee with the least number of votes.
Only one woman made it to the central committee, Dr Lo’lo’ Ghazali, with 589 votes.
Out of the 18 committee members voted in today, 12 including Azizan are elected representatives.
A total of 13 incumbents were retained in the contest.
The delegates also voted in a combination of professionals and leaders with religious background, with seven ulama winning the central working committee post.