A PARTI Islam member at the centre of a controversial court case which featured in campaign speeches was one of the big election winners. The victory of Mohamed Sabu, deputy leader of the PAS youth movement, highlighted his popularity in Kelantan, where his party will again form the state Government, despite losses to the National Front, which had a resounding victory at the federal level and made gains in state contests. It also underlines the problem Dr Mahathir and the National front face in trying to wrest control of Kelantan from PAS. Mr Sabu, 41, is a striking contrast to the PAS leader in Kelantan, Nik Aziz Nik Mat, 63, the Chief Minister. The younger man is heavily built and an aggressive speaker, while the older man is subdued in style and slight of build. Although the Chief Minister is revered as a religious teacher, bigger crowds flock to hear Mr Sabu speak as he flays government leaders with vicious barbs and slanderous charges. Together they are a formidable team, which the National Front has difficulty in matching on their home ground. Earlier this year, it appeared the National Front would be rid of its tormentor when Mr Sabu was arrested for the religious offence of khalwat, or close proximity with a member of the opposite sex who is neither a spouse nor relative. A religious officer caught him in a hotel room with the wife of a friend following an anonymous phone call. Mr Sabu said it was an innocent meeting, alleging he was set up. The Chief Minister agreed he had been framed and the couple were freed after a Kelantan religious court judge said there was no case to answer. PAS used the case to attack the National Front and government leaders responded by criticising the outcome of the trial. With Mr Sabu's victory in his Kelantan federal constituency, he will soon be back in Parliament to torment his government foes.