Ibrahim Ali: I am loyal to King first, Malaysian second

By  Asrul Hadi Abdullah Sani, The Malaysian Insider
PASIR MAS, Sept 25 — Perkasa chief Datuk Ibrahim Ali spelled out his own brand of 1Malaysia last night when he proclaimed that he was loyal to the King first and Malaysian second. 

The Pasir Mas MP explained that loyalty to king will bring stability and common understanding among the different races in the country.

 “The Deputy Prime Minister (Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin) has said that he is Malay first and Malaysian second.  Datuk Nazri (Aziz) said that he is Malaysian first and Malay second. My stance is that simple for me as a Malaysian, we must all give our loyalty to the king. 

“When we are loyal to the king then we are loyal and respect the constitution. If we practice this then only can we have a common understanding,” he told reporters after attending the movement’s lantern festival here. 

Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Aziz recently declared that he was “Malaysian first and Malay next” in a open letter to Utusan Malaysia columnist Awang Selamat, published on The Malaysian Insider. 

“And yes, I am a Malaysian first and Malay next. Does any bigot have a problem with that?” Nazri had said when concluding his letter. 

The letter was written to rebut the columnists comments on him in his article “Alahai Nazri…”, where he responded to Nazri’s views of Perkasa and former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad. 

Nazri’s statement is a total opposite to that of Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, who famously said once that he was Malay first and Malaysian second.