Nik Aziz tiba di kediaman Karpal pada kira-kira jam 3 petang dan meluangkan masa selama 20 minit di kawasan yang meriah dengan sambutan Thaipusam, di Jalan Scotland.
Dalam kunjungan itu, Nik Aziz turut memotong kek sebagai tanda ulangtahun kelahirannya ke-82, sambil disaksikan pemimpin DAP, PAS dan PKR.
Karpal yang gembira dengan kehadiran Nik Aziz itu berkata beliau terkejut kerana pemimpin PAS itu tiba 30 minit lebih awal.
"Kehadirannya memberi mesej yang kuat bahawa kesatuan kami tetap utuh walau dengan apa yang telah berlaku.
"Kami memahami dan menerima perbezaan antara satu sama lain," katanya.-malaysiakini
Karpal graces Tok Guru's 82nd birthday....
In a surprising turn of events, PAS spiritual leader Nik Aziz Nik Mat paid a visit to DAP chairman Karpal Singh in Penang today.
PAS spiritual leader Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat decided to celebrate his 82nd birthday by paying DAP chairperson Karpal Singh a visit in Penang.
Nik Aziz arrived in Karpal's house at about 3pm and stayed for 20 minutes.
Karpal's bungalow is thick inside the Penang Thaipusam festival celebrations along Jalan Scotland.
During the visit, Nik Aziz cut his 82nd birthday cake in the midst of DAP, PAS and PKR leaders.
Although the duo often cross swords over the PAS' Islamic state ambitions, they were all smiles today.
Nik Aziz was also presented a birthday cake, during the 20-minute event attended by a large number of Penang Pakatan Rakyat leaders.
Getting to Karpal's house was no simple feat for Nik Aziz, whose driver had to gingerly inch his way towards the Jalan Scotland abode, which is hosting Thaipusam celebrations.
An elated Karpal told Malaysiakini that Nik Aziz arrived 30 minutes ahead of time.
"I was still bathing but rushed down to meet him. He was fit and jovial. I am really happy to see him.
"His presence sends a strong message that our unity is as strong as ever, despite all that happened," he stressed.
"We understand each other well and we accept our differences."
Long time comrades
Karpal, the Bukit Gelugor MP, remembers Nik Aziz fondly as the MP who sat beside him in Parliament in 1978.
"We go a long way. His visit here goes beyond just visiting me during Thaipusam," said Karpal.
"It was a good gesture by Nik Aziz. He expressed his desire to see me through Penang PKR Batu Uban assemblyman and state vice-chief S Raveentharan and I agreed," he added.
The visit comes after a series of rallies supposedly held by Penang PAS members against Karpal for purportedly interfering in the statement by the PAS syura council that non-Muslims should not use the word 'Allah' in their scriptures.
PAS has denied organising the rallies, saying it was probably held by a "small group of disgruntled members".
Conflict over the word ‘Allah’ reignited following Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng's Christmas message urging the federal government to its use in Malay bibles in Sabah and Sarawak as had been done since historical times.
Lim’s call is consistent with the Kuala Lumpur High Court ruling in 2010 over the matter, that is now pending an appeal from the government.
His message created a storm among his opponents, with Perkasa president Ibrahim Ali in his latest move calling for the Malay and Jawi bibles be burned as a warning those whom the latter claimed were purportedly going against the federal constitution.- malaysiakini