Lawyer turned politician Zaid Ibrahim told Malaysia Outlook that the possibility of him running in the next general election (GE14) “is very high”.
“If I decide to run, I will join one of the opposition parties,” Zaid said, informing that he has had offers from them.
“I believe the country needs leaders who are honest, a system that is fair, and one that unites rather than divides the people,” Zaid said.
“We need policies that will make the people feel secure, and not bullied by those in power,” he elaborated, claiming that he was able to contribute more than the current leaders.
With regards to having been part of several political parties in the past, Zaid said he has a good history in politics.
“It’s not true that I jumped from many parties. I was sacked from Umno. I only left PKR. That’s just once. Even Tun M left Umno twice,” Zaid said, referring to former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad.
“I decided not to continue with my own party Kita for financial reasons. It is better that I join an existing party to contest an election.”
In another development, Zaid held a press conference in Johor today to inform of a forum to be held on January 7 in Skudai.
Titled ‘Melayu Badut, Melayu Wawasan’, the forum hopes to ‘galvanise Malaysians, especially Malays’ with regards to issues such as the claim that Prime Minister Najib Razak was responsible for the loss of billions of taxpayers’ money.
In a statement posted on his blog, Zaid said that the forum was hoped to impress upon the voters that GE14 was ‘our last chance’.
“It will be our last chance to redeem our name; and show the world that we care about the country,” he added.
Previously Zaid was the Kota Bharu MP under Umno’s ticket from 2004 to 2008.
During his time with Umno, Zaid held the position of Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department.
He was then sacked from Umno in September 2008, said to be due to him having attended several Opposition events.
The following year, he joined PKR.
However, following loss of confidence in the party’s leadership for what he claimed as electoral fraud of the party’s elections, Zaid resigned from PKR in 2010.
He then joined another party Akim, which was later renamed as Kita.
In 2012, Zaid resigned as Kita chief and while has been politically vocal via his blog and press statements, he remains without a party until now.