Sabtu, 23 Jun 2012

The ordinary ways of an extraordinary man

Jun 22: The 'ordinary ways' of PAS Murshidul Am Tuan Guru Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat never fail to amaze Malaysians who have grown used to political leaders who travel in expensive cars and live in picturesque mansions.

Since 1990 when he was appointed as the Kelantan Menteri Besar, Nik Aziz's decision to snub official perks has earned him respect from friends and foes.

He continues to stay in his family house in Kampung Pulau Melaka, leading the daily prayers at the neighbouring mosque and giving his dawn religious lectures to attendees.

If a picture speaks a thousand words, then this one on the right tells so much of the trait of moderation and simplicity that has been lacking among many Malaysian leaders, their spouses and children.

This morning, Nik Aziz walked by himself across the street to quench his thirst at a roadside stall located some metres away from Medan Ilmu. The 81-year old had just delivered his weekly Friday morning lecture there.

At press time, the image is spreading like wild fire on the internet. After the Kelantan MB's Facebook administrator uploaded it on Nik Aziz's page, it attracted more than 10,000 'likes' within 30 minutes and over a thousand comments, most of them being invocations for good health upon the leader.

"No leader like him in Malaysia, he's one in a million," runs one comment, aptly reflecting the general sentiment about the country's oldest MB.

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