Azizan Abdul Razak, the PAS chief for Kedah, has been kept busy the past few weeks preparing for the biggest political event on his turf in years, his party's annual assembly or muktamar. This will be only the third time in the party's history that the assembly is being held in Kedah and Azizan seems intent on impressing the 1,000-odd PAS delegates who will be streaming in from all over the country from Tuesday. He
even rushed the construction of the RM2-mil party building on the outskirts of Alor Star so that it would be ready in time for the assembly.
It was built in eight short months, leading party members to joke that Azizan
ought to have been given the contract for the Matrade building which took 12 years to complete.
The new structure is equipped with a sophisticated acoustic system and has a grand-looking stage although it looks like a massive padi storehouse from outside.
But all the hard work has caused Azizan
to develop a bad cough and lose his
"What do you mean sexy voice?I sound like a frog with a sore throat," said the 66-year-old ulama-politician. It looks like Azizan will be playing host to the party assembly speaking in a husky whisper. He
also intends to make this a muktamar with a difference.Delegates will be offered home-stays, free of charge, in the surrounding kampung.
"I want the local people to get to know party leaders," he