Here speaks the Father of the DAP trinity:
Lim Kit Siang claims that Tun Mahathir is no longer “a hegemon”. A dictionary definition of the word reads, “something having dominant influence or authority over others”.
Plainly Kit Siang is bullshitting. Of course Tun is a hegemon. In fact, he’s the only one in town.
Tun M is the party chief who’s currently calling all the shots.
As for the other Harapan leaders, Wan Azizah is missing from their watershed press conferences, Muhyiddin inevitably defers to Mahathir whereas Guan Eng is overreaching only to be slapped down by Mahathir (as per whether corruption cases against Harapan leaders would be “reviewed” or not).
Meanwhile PAN president Mat Sabu became the national laughing stock some days ago, and I suspect Tun set up Mat Sabu to be the object of ridicule.
If Mat Sabu had been appointed to a less incongruous portfolio – say as Minister of Rural Development – he would not have been greeted with that explosion of memes mocking him as Defence Minister designate.
Don’t forget Tun is the only member of cabinet to have been sworn in by the Agong. Those that were designated federal ministers through Mahathir’s perogative as PM have not yet assumed office.
And as for Kit Siang’s son, Junior has a dark question mark over his head due to the bungalow corruption case still pending in court. In short, Mahathir has Guan Eng by the balls.
Are the police taking instructions from Tun M or from Home Minister designate Muhyiddin?
All the Harapan public announcements on policy changes and security matters have thus far come solely from Tun. So yeah, he’s a hegemon alright. In fact, up and until Tun begins sharing power with cabinet colleagues, he’s exercising a dictatorial fiat.
BELOW: Remember, remember the 20th of September
Mahathir born anew after dip in DAP’s holy water
Next in the same breath, Kit Siang praises Tun Mahathir now as being “a consensus builder”.
According to the dictionary, consensus means “a general agreement about something or an idea or opinion that is shared by all the people in a group”.
So Tun is beatified as a “team player” – like Kit Siang told Malaysiakini in an interview published today.
Malaysiakini also asked the DAP supremo, “Did Harapan bring out the best in Mahathir?”
Kit Siang’s cagey and ultimately empty reply to the question was, “I think we have all to learn to adapt to a new changing environment”. (My opinion is that Harapan and Mahathir are cementing the very worst in each other – more on this shortly).
In another part of the interview, Kit Siang remarked the following:
“As for Mahathir, as he is now in Pakatan Harapan, it is a new Mahathir. Of course, the question is whether there will be a reversion to Mahathirism, but then that is not what Pakatan Harapan is all about”.
What is Harapan truly all about? I say they’re all about venom, vitriol, viciousness and vindictive vendetta.
Recall the birth of PKR following the arrest of Anwar Ibrahim on 20 Sept 1998. Below is the BBC coverage:
“Reports say as many as 500 police officers, wearing helmets and armed with assault rifles, surrounded Mr Anwar’s house, blocked nearby roads and kept back angry supporters.”
The BBC reported that under Mahathir’s watch that fateful evening in 1998, hundreds of police – some of them commandos in balaclavas and wielding assault rifles – had laid siege to Anwar’s house.
And history repeats itself today with the present pre-dawn police raids on Najib’s residences. Welcome Mahathirism 2.0.
Twenty years ago, before Anwar’s dramatic downfall, Dr M had denied even unto the very last minute that the axe would soon fall on his deputy. This feint by the master Machiavelli is a salutary lesson for Mahathir’s DAP minions to take to heart.
BELOW: Najib falls asleep sitting on the sofa as his home is scoured by police
Savagery of the victors against the vanquished
Two decades after in 2018, DAP and the ‘doctor’ who refused to leave ‘the house’ have successfully ridden each other to Putrajaya. It is a journey Back-to-the-Past deja vu as we say “Hello” to a 1990s redux where Dr Mahathir was/is PM and Anwar was/will be DPM.
Four former prime ministers have refused to endorse Mahathir’s leadership.
• Tunku sacked Mahathir from Umno and they never reconciled to the very end
• Hussein Onn did not die an Umno member as he refused to join Mahathir’s Umno Baru
• In his pre-GE14 message, Abdullah Badawi threw his weight behind Najib
• During Najib’s premiership, he did not grant Mahathir the Minister Mentor-type role that the ex-PM had sought
How ironic that it is former oppositionistas Lim Kit Siang and Lim Guan Eng – and the demented Dapsters – who are cheerleaders for the Mahathir epic comeback.
The DAP are convinced that they can ride the “old horse” (nickname for Mahathir in Chinese) to achieve their ends. How naive. They’re riding a tiger that will turn around and devour them.
Count how many U-Turns Tun has done in just the past couple of years. If Tun is able to reverse course on all that he once held so dear during his long tenure in Umno, then what makes DAP believe that he won’t U-Turn on them in very short order?
And consider what the DAP and Dapsters have let themselves in for.
They’ve made a mortal enemy out of PAS who consider them anti-Islam. They’re called “biaDAP” and “DAPpigs” by some sections of Umno. They’re uneasy frenemies with PKR Malays and arch rivals to the Pribumi/Perkasa Malays.
Dapsters are the most vocal too in verbally abusing as well as imagining all sorts of ‘creative’ abuse against Najib.
On the future day when DAP slips and falls from the ‘tiger’ saddle, they shall have no more Malay friends left nor any sarong to hide behind for protection.