The party instead choose to field a rather mundane candidate, businessman Azlan Yusof, 48.
Pas made the choice probably because it wanted to prevent the campaigning from turning into another religious circus in view of the current Ramadhan month.
Furthermore, I don't think the hardcore Pas ulama such as Haron Din and Harun Taib really favor the party to field such an outlandish ustaz/ostad as Azhar as its candidate.
They probably had cringed at the many very public out of the world pronouncements made by Azhar such as whether Islam condone the act of fellatio, which is among subjects seem to be so popular among a lot of his Malay Muslims audience at his tazkirah (religious education lesson).
Barisan Nasional on their part had also fielded a relatively unknown candidate in 37-year-old Tengku Zahrin Che Ku Abd Rahman, an engineer with the Drainage and Irrigation Department.
But Pas still seems to think that they need to have a popular figure to lead the team in Kuala Besut, and for this they had selected perhaps their most handsome leader Husam Musa.
Here is the story by Harakah Daily,