28 January 2018
Ibrahim Ali admits taking ‘dedak’ from Mahathir
Perkasa chairperson Ibrahim Ali today admitted that he took “dedak” (animal feed) from then prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad when he was still in government.
“It is not just a little that Mahathir had contributed to me. When I joined Umno… I was made a supreme council member in less than a month.
“He loved me and also helped me with my life. I got two or three projects which he approved because I asked for them.
“So, actually, I had taken ‘dedak‘ long before any others,” he told a forum hosted by Umno information chief Annuar Musa which was aired live on Facebook.
Dedak, literally animal feed in the Malay language, is often used to refer to bribes or other benefits given in exchange for loyalty.
Ibrahim Ali joined Umno in 1981 and was seen to be close to Mahathir (left in photo). However, he joined Umno splinter party Semangat 46 from 1988 and 1991 following a power struggle between Mahathir and then rival Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah.
Ibrahim said he was treated well by Mahathir even when he returned to Umno in 1991.
Ibrahim said he still respected Mahathir, who served as prime minister for 22 years until 2003, but is now heading the opposition.
However, Ibrahim said he could not support Mahathir in the opposition as it is not in the interest of Malays and Muslims.
Ibrahim was sacked from Umno by Mahathir’s successor Abdullah Ahmad Badawi four months before the 2004 general election for insisting he would contest despite not being fielded by Umno.
Ibrahim contested as an independent in the 2004 general election against Umno and PAS in Pasir Mas but was defeated.
He contested under PAS’ banner in the 2008 general election and became the Pasir Mas MP.
He subsequently formed the far-right Malay rights group Perkasa.
In the 2013 general election, Ibrahim again contested as an independent against PAS after successfully convincing the Umno candidate to withdraw. However, he lost in the contest.