The Star memberi interbiu dengan Presiden Perkasa, Dato Ibrahim Ali semalam. Ada sebahagian ahli UMNO memperkecilkan dan memperlecehkan sumbangan Perkasa membantu UMNO dalam kempen pilihanraya. Padahal Perkasa dan bekas-bekas PKR dan Keadilan begitu aktif membantu UMNO berkempen membantu mengubah pemikiran rakyat Melayu dan Islam yang dirosakkan oleh PKR dan PAS. Disamping gerak kerja dan strategi kempen dan komunikasi UMNO banyak kelemahan. Sikap ahli UMNO pula tidak bergerak jika tidak ada pelicin kepala Agong. Yang buat kerja selalunya slow dan tak tahu buat kerja. Mana yang sikap angkuh dan berlagak pula. Ibrahim Ali menjawab kritikan tersebut: UMNO & MALAY UNITY Q: Umno says if indeed Perkasa helped Umno win more Malay seats, then surely you and (Perkasa vice president) Zulkifli Nordin would have won in the 2013 general election but both of you didn’t?
I contested as an independent. (Barisan did not field a candidate in the Pasir Mas seat because their chosen candidate, Che Johan Che Pa, a protege of Ibahim did not file his nomination papers, resulting in a straight fight between Ibrahim and the PAS candidate for that seat)
Zulkifli Nordin contested as a Barisan independent candidate but his candidacy was announced one day before the elections. That did not give enough time to prepare.
Zulkifli or I are not the yardstick to use to measure if Perkasa is great. Maybe if Zulkifli didn’t contest in Shah Alam, then Barisan would have have lost by a bigger margin.
In some areas, Perkasa might have 500 votes and in others maybe 100, 200 or maybe 2000. There are constituencies that Barisan won only by a slim majority and those are the places we contributed. How is it that Barisan managed to wrest Kedah? Have they been strong all this while?
Q: But surely that is not because of Perkasa ‘power’?
A: We were the ones preparing the ground and changing the mindset of the people. We did programmes on illegal logging in Kedah and brought up 257 buses with 50,000 people to show the affected areas. We did a motorcycle convoy. I went there myself and held many ceramah and I think that is why Barisan can rule Kedah today.
In Perak, after the 2008 general election, three Pakatan assemblymen crossed and became independent. For the 2013 election Barisan lost in those three areas but it won in another three. Why? Because we did a a ‘Perpaduan Melayu’ gathering in Bagan Serai and Dr Mahathir went there to speak. We did this one month before the general election and Barisan won the Bagan Serai parliament and the three state seats in it. This is what saved the Barisan government (in Perak).
Q: But that is not Perkasa power but rather Dr Mahathir’s power?
A: No. Since Dr Mahathir retired, where is there a crowd of more than 5,000 or 10,000 coming to hear him speak?If it’s an Umno function at the HQ then yes. There would be the Umno people but it’s different in the states. Is the crowd as big as at Perkasa’s functions? That’s why Dr Mahathir never turns down Perkasa’s invitations.
Q: Is Perkasa trying to steal the credit from Umno now that Umno has become strong again?
A: No. We are not claiming or seeking credit. What I know is that Perkasa members worked really hard to make Barisan candidates win. If Umno doesn’t want to give us credit, we too don’t want it. Let’s wait and see in the next general election. If Perkasa doesn’t do its work then we will see what happens to Barisan! I dare to challenge Umno on this.
Pihak pembangkang bekerja keras untuk 'engage' dengan pelbagai NGO dan kumpulan aktivis untuk menyokong tapi UMNO sendiri dengan angkuh nak tolak NGO seperti Perkasa yang menyokong mereka. Antara sebab adalah buruk sangka terhadap Ibrahim Ali dan Perkasa, cemburu konon Perkasa dan pemimpin dapat sumbangan dan kontrak, dan ikutkan sangat prejudis Kelantan masing-masing terhadap Ibrahim Ali.
Ada puak liberal dalam UMNO yan tak mahu agenda Melayu dan Islam berterusan. Kalau ahli-ahli UMNO nak buat sendiri seorang diri, elok juga. Warlord dalam UMNO ni susah berurusan. Tak jelas tujuan dan keikhlasan. Masing-masing mahu kaki bodek dan bukan oorang cerdik yang buat kerja. Hmmm ... banyak-banyaklah keluar duit ....