Malaysia GE13: Kelantan MP Ibrahim Ali to stand as independent
KUALA LUMPUR – Perkasa chief and Kelantan state MP Ibrahim Ali has announced that he will defend his Pasir Mas seat as an independent candidate in the May 5 general elections.
This will mean a three-cornered fight for the federal seat, although Mr Ibrahim insists that he has no intention of "going against BN", according to a Tuesday report by The Malaysian Insider.
BN or the Barisan Nasional, the ruling party led by Prime Minister Najib Razak, left Mr Ibrahim out of its list for Kelantan, naming instead Che Johan Che Pa, the deputy division chief for Pasir Mas Umno, although Mr Ibrahim has the support of the coalition’s former leader Mahathir Mohamad.
"I am not fielded, meaning I am not given a chance for reasons unknown. Perhaps I am not good looking or something," Mr Ibrahim was quoted saying in Kota Baru on Tuesday by Malay satellite channel, Astro Awani, according to The Malaysian Insider.