Independent MP Datuk Ibrahim Ali has finally admitted that he is looking for a party to join. This is no surprise to most Malaysians. The Pasir Mas MP said he could not serve his constituents effectively on his own. But the former Umno politician said he would decide in the next five or six months - presumably when the political scenario is clearer. In short, he would want to be on the government bench, one suspect.
The political maverick surprised everyone in the 2008 elections when he was allowed by PAS to contest under its banner. The decision did not go down well with PAS grassroots who questioned the move. Recently, he was accused of supporting the Barisan Nasional in the selection of the Dewan Rakyat Speaker. Next, he had a fight with DAP's Karpal Singh, which made him "more BN than the other BN MPs."
But Ibrahim is obviously aware that he has become a prized item given the speculations that there would be defections soon. Keeping his cards close to his chest, he also said he has good ties with PAS. No surprise that talk of an anti-hopping law has fizzled out. Both the BN and Pakatan are keeping their doors open, after all.