By Adib Zalkapli
KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 20 – Kelantan executive councillor Datuk Husam Musa claimed today that there was a conspiracy to have him removed from the state government.
“There have been efforts to drive a wedge between me and Tok Guru,” said Husam (picture) referring to Kelantan Mentri Besar Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat.
“I am fully aware of the conspiracy against me,” he told The Malaysian Insider.
Rumours were rife yesterday that Nik Aziz was considering removing Husam from the state administration following the actions of his former aide, Syed Azidi Syed Abdul Aziz.
Syed Azidi was a corporate liaison officer at the Kelantan Menteri Besar Corporation (PMBK) until he was sacked early this month.
His removal was followed by a public argument between him and the PMBK CEO Ariffahmi Abdul Rahman, who is also the son-in-law of Nik Aziz.
Yesterday, Syed Azidi claimed that Nik Aziz had ordered Ariffahmi, who is under Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission (MACC) investigation, to leave PMBK to avoid further embarrassment to the state administration.
Ariffahmi had denied the allegations, claiming that Syed Azidi was trying to pressure Nik Aziz.
Rumours of Husam’s removal surfaced soon after Syed Azidi made the claim that Nik Aziz would announce Arrifahmi’s resignation yesterday.
“I know Tok Guru will not do that as he is a very rational man,” Husam told The Malaysian Insider.
He refused to say if Ariffahmi was behind the attempt to kick him out of the state government.
“They are outsiders, trying to get me, eventually the target is Tok Guru, and then they will move in to topple the PAS government,” said Husam.
Meanwhile, the Kelantan PAS liaison committee will convene a special meeting tomorrow morning and is expected to discuss the latest crisis in the state government.
The Malaysian Insider understands that many members of the state PAS committee are in favour of removing Ariffahmi from the Kelantan government investment arm.
Kelantan PAS secretary Zaki Ibrahim, however, said tomorrow’s meeting is a routine one and the PMBK issue is not on the agenda.
“The matter does not arise, but the committee members are free to speak up during the meeting,” Zaki told The Malaysian Insider.