PETALING JAYA: A recent meeting between Umno veteran Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah and several Kelantan Amanah leaders has been blown up by the opposition to be more than what it was, according to an insider.
Speaking to FMT, the source close to Tengku Razaleigh played down talk of a possible tie-up between Tengku Razaleigh and Amanah to topple the PAS-led state government in the next general election.
The speculation was triggered by a recent Buka Puasa gathering between Tengku Razaleigh and several Kelantan Amanah leaders including former Kelantan Amanah chairman Wan Abd Rahim Wan Abdullah and Kelantan Amanah Youth chief Hazmi Hassan among others.
Photographs of the event were posted by Kelantan Amanah leader Muhammad Husain, who said state leaders from various parties and NGOs in Kelantan were present. He said all stakeholders must be ready to sit at the same table and draw up a realistic action plan that would make an impact and benefit all.
It led to speculation that Tengku Razaleigh was rounding up support to dislodge PAS from the Kelantan state government at the next general election.
“Don’t read too much into it,” said the source who declined to be named. “It’s just the opposition trying to make a normal gathering appear more than what it was.
“Some people just want to position themselves close to a big gun like Ku Li,” said the source, referring to the Kelantanese prince by his nickname.
The source said Tengku Razaleigh was no longer “a player in the game”, and that it was likely he would retire once Parliament is dissolved to pave the way for the 15th general election.
Last November, in an interview with FMT, he had hinted that he would bow out of politics once GE15 was called.
Tengku Razaleigh has been an elected representative for 53 years. He was elected to the Kelantan state assembly seat of Ulu Kelantan Barat in 1969. Five years later he was elected MP for Ulu Kelantan, later renamed Gua Musang, which he has represented continuously for 48 years.