Ibrahim Ali to contest in GE14, coy on details

Ibrahim remained coy on further details as to the party he would represent and the area he is eyeing to contest. — Picture by Choo Choy May
Ibrahim remained coy on further details as to the party he would represent and the area he is eyeing to contest. — Picture by Choo Choy May

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 17 — Perkasa president Datuk Ibrahim Ali today announced that he would be contesting in the 14th general election, but declined to disclose details of his plan.

In a press conference today, Ibrahim however was coy on further details as to the party he would represent and the area he is eyeing to contest.

"Definitely I will contest the election, but how, I don’t know. I cannot reveal now.

"Malaysia is huge. If my deputy president Tan Sri Abdul Rashid Rahman who is 74 has announced to contest, I am only 65, much younger," Ibrahim said, referring to his deputy, who was previously Election Commission (EC) chairman and is currently one of Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia’s (PPBM) vice-presidents.

"I admit that there was a party which had proposed to me, but I am not interested to join any political parties as I want to solidify Perkasa," he added.

Abdul Rashid had in November 2013 joined Malay rights group Perkasa, purportedly to keep the dominant Malay community in power.

On Tuesday, Malaysiakini quoted Abdul Rashid saying that he is keen to contest in the 14th general election.

"If I feel I could win in certain areas, why not? I will choose a place where I can win," he was quoted as saying.

Ibrahim also candidly spoke about how business mogul Donald Trump, who is often the subject of ridicule and criticism-like himself, rose to become the president-elect of the United States (US).

"Last time someone said Ibrahim Ali is the Malaysian Donald Trump. Many ridiculed me. In the end, Donald Trump became the US president.

"We can plan, but ultimately, Allah decides," Ibrahim said, laughing.