Datuk Zaid Ibrahim, who was once with Umno, PKR and founded KITA, which he quit later, now says he may join either the DAP or Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah).
The former de facto law minister said he has a “50 per cent chance” of contesting the next general elections because he has a pending criminal case over an allegedly offensive blog post that can disqualify him from contesting if he is convicted.
“If that does not happen, then I have a 50 per cent chance of joining either DAP or Amanah. I hope they will accept me and give me a seat, if I apply to join them,” Zaid wrote on his blog today.
He claimed trial last December to a charge under Section 233(1)(a) of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 that accused him of issuing offensive remarks through a blog post with the intention to hurt the feelings of others.
Zaid’s alleged blog post claimed that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak was obstructing investigations into state investment firm 1Malaysia Development Bhd and purportedly urged Malaysians to support former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s campaign to remove Najib.
Made a minister in the Abdullah administration, he resigned from the Cabinet in 2008 to protest the use of the now-repealed Internal Security Act, after which he was sacked from Umno and subsequently joined PKR in 2009.
Zaid quit PKR in 2010, accusing the party leadership of condoning electoral fraud in the party elections where he had contested for the deputy president’s post, but had later withdrawn his candidacy.
The politician eventually founded KITA, but quit as party president in 2012.
Zaid stressed today that the opposition cannot be united merely on seat allocations in elections to ensure straight fights against Barisan Nasional (BN), instead of on fundamental political principles.
“I have heard of this political message before and I am appalled that it’s still being advocated with enthusiasm by so-called reformists,” he said.
The outspoken former politician pointed out that Tan Sri Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah had called on the people to unite against Umno when he wanted to oust Dr Mahathir in 1987.
“In the process, PAS took power in Kelantan in 1990 and ruled for 25 years till today. In that time, did Kelantan undergo the necessary political and social transformation to advance it towards democracy and rule of law? No.
“Has it now practised good governance? No. Has Tengku Razaleigh now become our beacon of hope? No — what we got instead was PAS, a TALIBAN style political power who are now moving for an amendment in Parliament for unlimited powers to the Shariah Courts; so they can open the new road to Hudud. So much for one to one,” said Zaid.
He said he had suggested months ago for a “true and committed” political pact between PKR, Amanah and the DAP that goes beyond seat arrangements in elections.
“This is not happening because some in PKR believe they cannot live without PAS. The only hope for this country is when Malaysians believe there is a better life after Umno and PAS; and they will always remain in the present state if they are not able to move from this paradigm,” said Zaid.
The Malay Mail Online