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Kedah spat drives crowd away from Mat Sabu's talk
ALOR STAR: A "Mat Sabu ceramah" would typically draw a big crowd, but the Pas No. 2 was left staring at thousands of empty seats when he turned up at a mini stadium in Jitra on Tuesday night.
The poor turnout for Mohamad Sabu's ceramah at the 10,000-capacity venue was already linked to a power tussle between Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Azizan Abdul Razak and former state executive councillor Datuk Phahrolrazi Zawawi.
Mohamad, the Pas deputy president, had been associated with Phahrolrazi's camp, which reportedly angered some party supporters for foisting the issue on the party.
It was said that a new state party chief replacing Azizan would likely name Mohamad as an election candidate in Kedah. On Tuesday, Mohamad steered clear of the Kedah power struggle, speaking instead on the decision by former information minister Tan Sri Kadir Sheikh Fadzir to quit Umno. The power tussle was sparked by the unwillingness of Phahrolrazi and Dr Ismail Salleh to be reappointed as state exco members.