Raja Bo­moh to con­test Ah­mad Zahid in Ba­gan Datuk

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS - BY P. CHANDRA SAGARAN

IPOH: Care­taker Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Ah­mad Zahid Hamidi will face an un­likely op­po­nent, a bo­moh, in his Ba­gan Datuk par­lia­men­tary con­stituency.

Ibrahim Mat Zin, 68, bet­ter known as Raja Bo­moh for his an­tics, con­firmed his can­di­dacy as an in­de­pen­dent at a press con­fer­ence yes­ter­day.

He made his en­trance at the con­fer­ence with a walk­ing stick es­corted by body­guards.

Ibrahim, who is Seni Silat Gayung Ghaib Malaysia pres­i­dent, also an­nounced that his 55-year-old deputy, Le­man Kanaullah, would con­test the Pangkor state seat which is held by care­taker Men­tri Be­sar Datuk Seri Zambry Abd Kadir.

An­other 27 mem­bers of the as­so­ci­a­tion, who are busi­ness­men and cor­po­rate fig­ures, will also con­test as in­de­pen­dents in 14 par­lia­ment and 13 state seats, he said.

“I was asked by the rakyat in Ba­gan Datuk, Sim­pang Em­pat and Hu­tan Melin­tang to con­test 10 years ago. I was forced to re­ject it and in­stead ob­served how the lead­ers took care of the peo­ple.

“The econ­omy took a beat­ing and the peo­ple suf­fered. I am from Ba­gan Datuk and I do not want to dis­ap­point my sup­port­ers and friends.”

When asked whether the an­nounce­ment was a gim­mick and if he would pull out at the last minute, he said: “We will not to do that. We have been prepar­ing for the last year.”

On how he would fare against Ah­mad Zahid, Ibrahim said: “To me, all par­ties in­clud­ing those in BN and the Op­po­si­tion are good, but when the can­di­dates win they for­get the rakyat.

“We as in­de­pen­dents do not at­tack po­lit­i­cal par­ties. But peo­ple are suf­fer­ing due to ris­ing costs. As rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the rakyat we must be able to solve is­sues.

“If I win I will do­nate my monthly salary to var­i­ous com­mu­ni­ties, in­clud­ing RM120 to poor school­child­ren, RM800 for sin­gle moth­ers, RM1,500 for the dis­abled, and RM4,000 for young­sters monthly.

“I do not need the money as I am a cor­po­rate man.”

The self-de­clared shaman was in the lime­light dur­ing the 2014 dis­ap­pear­ance of MH370 when he con­ducted a rit­ual us­ing two co­conuts to lo­cate the plane.

Ibrahim (right) and Le­man af­ter an­nounc­ing their can­di­dacy.

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