Ibrahim Ali: ‘You can still call me datuk’Ok I will still call you Datuk Shit , Shit , Shit or Datuk Shit Head . which one do you prefer ?
This, explained the pint-sized Perkasa chief when accosted by reporters in Parliament this morning, was because he still had two more datukship awards from Selangor and Malacca.
“Can, you can still call me datuk. I still have awards from other states,” the jovial-sounding Ibrahim said.
He, however, offered to be called “Saudara Ibrahim Ali”, noting that he did not mind being labelled such and would not feel slighted in any way.
“If I don’t have a datukship, it’s OK. I prefer to be called Saudara Ibrahim Ali. You don’t call me datuk, it’s OK. It is a small matter to me,” he said.
The Pasir Mas MP explained that he had received the Datuk Paduka Mahkota Selangor award from the Selangor palace and the Darjah Mulia Seri Mahkota award from Malacca.
“There were other states too I could have received my datukship award from. Only I never filled up the form.
To me, it is not a big deal. Nowadays, even those who are not datuks, we still call them datuk,” he said.
The Sultan of Kelantan today stripped Perkasa chief Datuk Ibrahim Ali of his datukship with immediate effect.
Palace comptroller Datuk Abdul Halim Hamad told The Malaysian Insider that Sultan Muhammad V also revoked the former state secretary Datuk Wan Hashim Wan Daud’s title.
Wan Hashim had claimed to be the private secretary to Muhammad’s predecessor and father Sultan Ismail Petra during the recent palace crisis which eventually led to the proclamation of a new Sultan.
Ibrahim today also said that he was “not surprised” that his title had been revoked by the Kelantan Sultan, and suggested that it could have been due to the crisis.
“I do not know the reason, it was not explained to me but I think it could be because of the present situation in Kelantan,” he said.
He explained that just last Friday, he visited the ailing Tuanku Ismail Petra at the latter’s home.
“I visited the previous Sultan as a friend because he is sick and since his return from Singapore, for almost one year, this was the first time I visited him. And he is too close to me as a personal friend so that is why I visited him... he was asking for me. We conversed like normal and then suddenly today, my award was retracted,” he said.
He explained that when he left Istana Mahkota after his visit, he was accosted by a group of waiting reporters.
“I did not arrange it. Who arranged it? I do not know. The press asked me and I told the truth. I said the previous Sultan is doing well, he is of sound mind. He can speak well, but the only thing is physically, he cannot walk and cannot move his hands. But in terms of his mind and the way, he talks, he is okay,” he said.
When asked if he believed that one of the reasons behind the stripping of his title was his involvement with Malay rights group Perkasa, Ibrahim looked slightly miffed.
“What do you mean? If it has something to do with Perkasa. I should be given a higher award instead because Perkasa is defending the country’s constitution and the royal institution so I should be given more awards.
“I think it has nothing to do with that but purely about what is happening in Kelantan,” he insisted.
Ibrahim added, however, that the withdrawal of his datukship would not affect his loyalty to the royal institution.
“I am a fighter and my struggles are consistent. I uphold the sanctity of the royal institution and my loyalty towards the new Sultan is undivided.
“I will continue to be just like the rakyat and I will keep upholding the royal institution. Such matters are very small to me,” he said.