Let Ibrahim Ali come back to Umno! That's the general perception and views of those following the Pasir Mas parliamentarian's saga.
From an independent MP, Ibrahim joined Umno in 1982 but was removed from the party when the old Umno was declared illegal. He then joined Semangat 46 in 1989 and represented the party in the 1990 general election when he defended his Pasir Mas parliementary seat.
He later resigned from positions in Semangat 46 in 1991 and rejoined Umno the same year before being sacked from the party after contesting as a independent candidate in the 2004 general election (read Bernama h e r e).
Many says everyone deserves a second chance, except for this third for Ibrahim.
Whatever it is, his position was being reviewed by Umno and many hoped the largest Malay party will accept him as this will open the passage for thousands of his supporters to do so, including those in Pas and other parties.
I personally believe Ibrahim can contribute a lot to Umno's effort to strengthen its position as the pillar of Barisan Nasional. Its president Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak had also emphasised the need for more Malays to join and rejoin the party, regardless of their background as long as they can help boost its morale and image.
Even as an Independent in the Dewan Rakyat, Ibrahim has proven his quality in voicing out his parallel stand with the government, and as such he sometimes doesn't look to be somebody from outside the boat.
Used to be called 'a frog' for his leaping games, Ibrahim has centralised his focus on 'everything-about-Melayu' and this has given him a better platform to make a comeback.