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Mahathir backs Ibrahim as Pasir Mas candidate


Ibrahim AliSHAH ALAM: Independent MP Ibrahim Ali(pic) has received endorsement from former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad to be fielded as a Barisan Nasional candidate in Pasir Mas, Kelantan, in the coming general election.

Describing Ibrahim as a “selfless” politician when addressing the crowd at an anti-Pakatan rally here today, Mahathir praised him for setting up Perkasa – an NGO – and continuously supporting BN.

“He set up Perkasa not because to promote himself, but to campaign for BN. I think he is a man who deserved to be given a position. I will advise Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak to give him a position.


“If he gets nominated in Pasir Mas, I will definitely go there to campaign for him,” he said.

At a press conference later, Mahathir was asked he will still campaign for Ibrahim should BN decide to field another candidate in Pasir Mas,

Sidestepping the question, he said he does not care who the candidate is as long as BN can win.

“But I hope my friend [Ibrahim] will be given a chance; he was detained under Internal Security Act for so long, let’s give him a chance,” he said.

Ibrahim contested under the PAS banner in the 2008 general election and won the seat with 8,991 majority.

However, he soon declared himself an an independent and established Perkasa, a vocal critic of Pakatan Rakyat