17 August 2018
Mat Rempits are welcome too, says Ibrahim Ali on his new party
Former Perkasa chief says he launched his new party to meet demands of people who aren’t happy with how things are going on in country.
KUALA LUMPUR: Veteran politician Ibrahim Ali has launched a new political party, Parti Bumiputera Perkasa Malaysia (Putra), along with former Umno Supreme Council member Yunus Khalid, who will be his deputy.
At a press conference at Kelab Sultan Sulaiman in Kampung Baru today, the former Perkasa president said Putra would use the symbol of the “tanjak”, the Malay traditional headgear.
The former Pasir Mas MP said he established the party following calls from various parties who weren’t satisfied with the way the country was being run.
“For the past few months, Khalid and I have been invited by many, be it stalwarts of certain parties, academic icons, NGOs and youth groups, who shared their sentiments with us about the situation in the country.
“So after getting feedback and hearing their calls, we decided to set up a new party to defend Bumiputeras, who are now in a messy situation.”
Ibrahim, who is more fondly known as “Tok Him”, said Putra was open only to Malay-Muslims and Bumiputeras.
He added that although he wasn’t aiming for Putra to have many members, he wanted all state constituencies to have around 500 members and said even Mat Rempits could become division heads.
“In Putra, at the grassroots level, we want the leadership to come from the oppressed.
“This means, division chiefs can also be those operating coffee shops, fishermen, farmers, trishaw riders and even Mat Rempit.”
KUALA LUMPUR: After losing two consecutive general elections and being spurned by both Pakatan Harapan (PH) and Barisan Nasional (BN), Ibrahim Ali is forming a new party with the help of an Umno veteran.
Ibrahim, who leads Malay pressure group Perkasa, will join hands with former Umno Supreme Council member and ex-Mara chairman Khalid Yunus.
He has invited the media for the announcement of the new party this afternoon.
Ibrahim was the MP for Pasir Mas, which he won with the support of PAS in 2008. He later formed his own platform Perkasa, hoping to speak out against perceived threats to Malay political power in the wake of Umno’s defeat in several states that year.
In the run-up to the 14th general election, he was chided by Mahathir for planning to run candidates endorsed by Perkasa.
Ibrahim himself lost badly in the May polls, forfeiting his deposit after getting only about 5,300 votes against rivals Ahmad Fadhli Shaari of PAS who got 28,080 and Nor Azmawi Ab Rahman of BN (15,005).