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‘Tok Guru’ Nik Aziz, the conscience of PAS

An obituary, published in Malay Mail Online

To others, he was known as Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat.

But to those who were fortunate enough to walk beside him, he was more fondly known just as “Tok Guru”.

It was an appropriate moniker for the soft-spoken leader, a quietly resilient man with an unassuming demeanour befitting his post as spiritual adviser of PAS, Malaysia’s largest Islamist party.

In PAS, Nik Aziz was revered as the party’s conscience and moral compass, often turned to for guidance.

Among fellow politicians, friend and foe alike, he was well-respected as a voice of reason and a symbol of humility.

Over the past few months, Nik Aziz’s battle with prostate cancer saw him in and out of the hospital numerous times. At 9.40pm last night, the ailing leader passed away in the presence of his family at his old home in Pulau Melaka, Kelantan. He was 84.