KOTA BAHRU, Feb 23 — Bernama
Kelantan DAP has supported the call by Menteri Besar Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat that Pasir Mas member of parliament (MP) Datuk Ibrahim Ali resign so that a by-election could be held.
Its pro-tem committee secretary Sew Kok Beng said this was in line with the voters’ wish that the constituency be represented by a credible leader.
“Ibrahim should resign as Pasir Mas MP because he won on a Pas ticket,” he said when commenting on a suggestion by the Pas spiritual leader that voters in Pasir Mas should be given the chance to pick a new leader.
He said Ibrahim should respect Pas for giving him the chance to contest the seat which he won to become an independent MP.
Ibrahim had also made statements detrimental to the opposition who were trying to strengthen cooperation and resolve the many political problems. The former Pasir Mas Umno division chief had been reported as saying that he would have to wait another five years to contest if he was to vacate the Pasir Mas seat.
Meanwhile, Kelantan Umno said it was willing to accept Ibrahim if he wanted to return to the party. Information chief Datuk Alwi Che Ahmad said it was up to the independent MP whether he wanted to be with Barisan Nasional (BN) or not.
“We have to ask him (Ibrahim) first. If he wants to join (Umno), then he must apply. He never left Umno but was sacked. We will accept anybody,” he told reporters when met outside the State Assembly here today.
Alwi who is also Kelantan opposition leader said PAS wanted Ibrahim to quit as MP because he has become a vocal critic of Pas.
Ibrahim, 57, was sacked from Umno for contesting the Pasir Mas seat as an independent during the 2004 general election.