Wong Choon Mei
KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 18: PAS will not field Ibrahim Ali, the Perkasa chief who has become notorious for his outlandish and ultra-racist remarks, in the next general election, party leaders said.
“We have known him for a long time. He is most annoying, even irritating but he is just a tin kosong (empty vessel) although people nowadays see him as dangerous to society because of his racist remarks,” Wan Rahim Wan Abdullah, PAS MP for Kota Bahru, told Harakahdaily.
According to Wan Rahim, Ibrahim's the ultra-Malay persona may be due to political expediency rather than any real or deep-rooted belief that the community was still being marginalized and backwards after 52 years of independence from colonial British rule.
“Ibrahim is like a parasite, hopping from tree to tree to cari makan (make a living). Whichever tree he is on will somehow die and then he will flutter on to the next,” Wan Rahim said.
“I saw him recently and advised him to join Umno. But he seems frustrated that Umno hasn’t offered to take him back as a member. In fact, there is already an Umno man going around Pasir Mas servicing the constituents there as though he is the next candidate.
“So it looks like Ibrahim is back to square one, the days before PAS pitied him and lent him our machinery to run under our party flag in 2008. In the next general election, PAS will field a new candidate, so it will really be like 2004 for him when he had to face candidates from both Umno and PAS and lost badly as a result."
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Wong Choon Mei