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'Frog' Ibrahim has last laugh over party hoppers

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Perkasa president Ibrahim Ali appears to have the last laugh as he gleefully noted those who accused him of being a "political frog" are now jumping parties themselves.

He said this in reference to the exodus of MPs from PAS to form splinter party Parti Amanah Negara.

"Last time, they mocked, teased and insulted me as a frog, in the Dewan Rakyat, they kept shouting 'frog' when I spoke.

"Now who is the father of all frogs? They have to eat their own words. Shame! Shame!" he said in a statement today.

He described the current trend as a "party-hopping political tsunami".

Ibrahim started out as an Umno leader but joined the splinter group Semangat 46 in 1988 before returning to Umno's fold in 1996.

He was sacked from Umno in 2004 for contesting in the election against his party as an Independent and later became Pasir Mas MP under the PAS banner.

Following his victory, Ibrahim became a BN-friendly independent.

Ibrahim said it was not his fault that he had to keep changing parties as he was a victim of circumstances.

He added the same fate is now befalling several PAS leaders and it should be a reminder to others not to insult those in such a situation.

'Don't judge'

"If we look at history, those who switch parties the most were in Sabah. Even in the peninsula, many top leaders have switched parties since independence.

"Former PAS president Asri Muda formed Hamim and finally joined Umno. Kasim Ahmad was in PRSM but jumped to Umno. The list goes on including Saifuddin Nasution (who was in Umno and now) in PKR.

"But the strange thing is when people mentioned frog, it is Ibrahim Ali. The focus is only on me," he lamented.

Ibrahim said unlike his own situation, the current defections were out of the leaders' own free-will for their political survival.

He also cheekily offered them consultation services.

"I bid those who switch parties all the best and if they need advice, they can contact me as a political consultant.

“I may appear dirty but I am clean. There are some leaders who appear clean but are in fact dirty and have a bad record.

"So to Malaysians, be fair in judging and labelling leaders, do so based on facts," he said.

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