KUALA LUMPUR: Perkasa president Ibrahim Ali said his informal title as “king of frogs” had been taken away by Muhammad Muhammad Taib, following the former Selangor menteri besar’s decision to rejoin Umno after having stints with PAS and PKR.
“I am quite disappointed because the title of king of frogs has been snatched away by someone else,” he said good-humouredly today.
He said the other people who had “gold medals” for leaping from one party to another were former minister Zaid Ibrahim, who is now with DAP, and former PKR activist Mohamad Ezam Nor, who is without a party at present.
“I am now just a silver medallist and there are many bronze medallists like, for example, Amanah president Mohamad Sabu,” he told a press conference at the Perkasa office here.
Muhammad, popularly known as Mat Taib, had joined PAS in April 2013 after having been an Umno member for almost 50 years. He later moved to PKR in September 2015.
On Sept 17, Prime Minister Najib Razak announced that the former Umno vice-president had rejoined the party, after realising that the struggles of the opposition parties were in vain.
Ibrahim has had an equally colourful history of party-hopping.
He was with Umno before he joined the party’s splinter outfit, Semangat 46, led by Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah in the late 1980s. He later contested in elections on a PAS ticket and also as an independent.
The former Pasir Mas MP has expressed an intention to run again in the constituency in a future election.
On a serious note, Ibrahim said Mat Taib had the right to become an Umno member again.
“I want to state that it is his right if he wants to return to Umno. This is individual freedom,” he said.
Ibrahim also said a few political parties had tried to entice him to join them.
He said he was not interested as the only suitable position that could be offered to him to join any of the parties was that of president.
“I admit that many parties have courted me but it is difficult for me to join them because all their presidents are lesser than me,” he said.