Ex-DAP vice chairman Tunku Aziz once described his former party’s dynastic business as a “travelling family political circus” — see his NST column (21 July 2012).
Indeed Lim Kit Siang’s itinerant political career has traversed the length of the peninsula — see map below.
Kit Siang made his parliamentary debut in 1969 as the MP for Bandar Melaka.
In the same momentous year, Dr Mahathir Mohamad lost his parliament seat of Kota Setar Selatan in the May 10 general election.
Lifelong ‘love’ affair
Kit Siang and Dr M have a colourful 45-year history of political feuding.
Even though the Tun has retired and the DAP Mursyidul Am never will, both elderly men refuse to let each other rest in peace, politically.
Recently on Valentine’s Day, Kit Siang sent Dr M an oblique love note.
The first of Kit Siang’s Feb 14 press statement was issued at 9:19am with the usual windy title, ‘Call on new MCA leaders like Liow Tiong Lai and Wee Ka Siong not to be xioren 小人 but dare to speak truth to power by declaring that Teresa Kok’s video is not anti-Malay, anti-Islam and anti-royalty’.
The second of his Feb 14 press statement was issued at 3:45pm also with the unavoidable windy title, ‘New MCA leaders led by Tiong Lai and Ka Siong are doing Malaysian Chinese and Malaysia the greatest disservice aiding and abetting the baseless perception that Malays and Islam are under siege because of Teresa Kok’s video’.
It is in the second statement that Kit Siang invoked his arch nemesis Dr Mahathir.
In it, he challenged Liow Tiong Lai and Wee Ka Siong to declare if the MCA president and his deputy respectively agreed with the “racist and extremist political views” of Tun Mahathir saying that he [Kit Siang] had gone to Gelang Patah to bring about a Sino-Malay confrontation as well as ouster of the Malay government.
Dr M says the Chinese now want to control the country’s politics as well.
GREED = the 3Gs (Gold, Glory, Gospel) & the DAP evangelistas
Kit Siang won Gelang Patah, so the ‘kongsi’ has ended
Below are two relevant articles penned by Dr M touching on Kit Siang’s role in the breakdown of race relations:
- ‘An end to ‘kongsi’ if Kit Siang wins‘ (NST, 30 April 2013)
- ‘The Chinese dilemma: Dr M‘ (NST, 26 July 2013)
Kongsi presumes that there must be goodwill between the two parties concerned who are sharing power. Nonetheless today there is little trust or amity left between the Chinese and the Malays.
The spirit of kongsi is dead and it’s not the Tun alone saying this.
What ‘national reconciliation’?
How can national reconciliation even begin be discussed if the Dapsters choose to tick off everybody – including asking them to “shut the fuck up” – unless that individual is fluent in speaking Cantonese?
This is the situation we get with the controversy surrounding the Teresa Kok video.
Kit Siang initially berated two Umno ministers Shafie Apdal and Shabery Cheek for their complaints — accusing them of not being able to understand the video’s dialogue which is solely in Chinese and thus unfit to comment.
He then expanded the list to “five Umno ministers”, saying:
“If MCA leaders are not responsible for misleading Umno Ministers into believing that Teresa Kok’s video is anti-Malay, anti-Islam and anti-Rulers, what is holding them back from openly declaring that the five Umno Ministers who are attacked the video as anti-Malay, anti-Islam and anti-Rulers are wrong to attack Teresa Kok as there is nothing in her video is anti-Malay, anti-Islam and anti-Rulers?”
BELOW: One of the Famous Five is Abdul Rahman Dahlan whom Kit Siang bestowed the label “goblin”.
How to berbaik sangka when DAP putar-belit every single thing?
To date, Teresa Kok has still not acknowledged that her video lampoons Rosmah Mansor. Instead it has been put across that her “political satire” was knocking the late Hong Kong comedienne Lydia Shum (read, ‘Is it Lydia or is it Rosmah?‘).
Meanwhile her mentor, the DAP old warhorse, indicates he is a believer that the best form of defence is to mount an offence. Hence the party lifelong ‘advisor’ commenced his attacks on the MCA leadership for “misleading the Umno Ministers”.
“The MCA leadership should know that silence on their part on such dangerous and reckless political theorising in Barisan Nasional is equated to consent with such racist and extremist political views.
“When will the MCA leadership openly repudiate and dissociate themselves from such extremist and ultra views and groups who are trying to create the impression that the Malays and Islam are under siege in Malaysia after the 13th General Elections?”
For no rhyme or reason, the MCA leaders whom have nothing to do with Teresa’s video are being blamed.
Casting his net further afield, Kit Siang even drags in Gerakan Youth chief Tan Keng Liang and as icing on the cake, Dr M. It only illustrates how DAP are unable to take responsibility for own actions. Berani buat tapi tak berani tanggung.
BELOW: @tankengliang ranks among the DAP’s Top 10 least favourite people
Source: Hannah Yeoh’s tweet
Some things never change
Earlier the DAP had been clamouring for “national reconciliation” to the extent that Kit Siang wrote 3 open letters in consecutive weeks to the prime minister asking for a cessation to race-baiting. Guan Eng similarly issued press statements to the effect.
Out of one side of their mouth, the DAP chant “Peace and Love”. Out of the other side, “ma lai sai leh ar”.
Lim Kit Siang spent a total of 3 years under ISA detention: 18 months in 1969 in the aftermath of May 13, and 17 months in 1987 following Ops Lalang.
Teresa Kok is showing herself to be quite the protege, as are the DAP 3.0 young evangelistas.
Since the 1960s, Dr M has been well aware of the nature of the beast. With this understanding, he views the DAP to be an implacable enemy of Umno. This is the reason the Dapsters in turn view him as public enemy No.1.
The Clueless Kura-kura is yet unable to understand what the Tun has already grasped for the last half century.
Najib’s father Tun Razak pulled the country through in the wake of the last race riot. Najib Tun Razak will not be able to do the same.