Kota Bharu: USTAZ Rujhan Abdul Rahman is a “dead man walking”.
“I have been told by Pas insiders that it is halal to draw my blood, along with three other ustaz who are dispelling the notion that Pas is Islam and Islam is Pas.”
In over six months, the mild-mannered, bespectacled ustaz, who is also Nadi Rakyat Malaysia religious bureau chairman, has built up a following against the Pas leadership, attracting thousands to his ceramah that is held two to three times a week.
This, he alleged, had made him a dangerous man to Pas.
Having taken precautionary measures, Rujhan said he and other high-profile penceramah, including uztaz Saidi Hussain, now never leave their houses without a bulletproof vest.
Rujhan was recently asked to vacate the house he and his family had been renting from a Pas supporter for the past 13 years.
This reporter attended a ceramah in Wakaf Baru recently and the reaction from the 6,000-strong crowd, made up of a broad crosssection of the public, clamouring for a better picture and yearning for the truth, was inspiring.
Armed with slides, videos and evidence, the fiery orator’s arsenal was impressive. Making up roughly 20 per cent of the crowd were fence-sitters.
With each revelation, shouts of “Pas murtad!” and “Igat Nik Aziz!” (Arrest Pas spiritual leader and Kelantan Menteri Besar Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat) pierced the cool night.
One video clip showed Nik Aziz saying that Pas was willing to accept Satan’s help in its fight against Umno. This drew gasps from the incredulous crowd.
Another clip showed Nik Aziz’s son, Nik Abduh, saying: “It is Allah who told us to seize Putrajaya from Barisan Nasional."
The sound of disapproval grew louder as the crowd was shown slides and clips of Pas' complicity with DAP, which is reviled by the majority of Muslims in the state.
For the majority of the crowd, who live below the poverty line, images of Nik Aziz's white Toyota Alphard minivan run counter to the carefully cultivated image of a man who lives a simple life, which the local folk are fed on daily.
Another slide showed a mansion attached to the back of a half-wooden home, well known among the folk in Kelantan as Nik Aziz'z house.
When the slide showing the net worth of the top Pas leadership was flashed on the big screen, gasps of disbelief echoed through the crowd.
Murmurs of discontent soon followed and reached a deafening crescendo. Tok Guru had not too long ago made disparaging remarks about the low-income recipients of the 1Malaysia People's Aid. Nik Aziz had said the aid was "like scattering padi and coconut husks in front of chickens and cows to entice them to come closer".
When met in the lobby of a local hotel, Rujhan was candid about how Pas viewed him.
"I have a police officer on my security detail. I also have two private contractors who handle my security.
"The feedback I've been getting tells me that more and more people are beginning to see the real Pas.
"People here used to fear speaking ill of Pas, believing that mishap would befall them. But with knowledge, they are starting to openly call Pas' bluff."
Rujhan believed that this rankled the Pas leadership, who viewed him as a clear and present danger to the party.
"I've gotten a razor blade mailed to me, along with a picture of a tongue being cut off. That's part of an attempt to silence me and my comrades.