There is a louder public outcry at 26-year-old Danesh Raj Nagarajan being appointed to a university board of directors than there was when 26-year-old Syed Saddiq was appointed to the cabinet as a federal minister.
Why the difference in reaction when both are similarly young twenty-somethings?
Well, because Danesh’s appointment is by the BN government and everything done by BN must be bad.
Saddiq’s appointment, on the other hand, was made by the Harapan government and anything done by Harapan is always good because DAP is the coalition’s biggest party.
The same pattern of cherrypicking good and bad is woven in the Cina DAP tapestry.
When PAS was in Pakatan Rakyat together with DAP, the Islamist party was viewed as “moderate” Muslim.
Now that PAS is in Muafakat with Umno however, they’ve suddenly become as extreme as the Taliban.
See Guan Eng’s comment a few day’s ago that the “PAS’ brand of extremism is highlighted by their support of the Taliban”.
DAP supporters had thought Mahathir was the devil incarnate when he led the BN government for 22 years but regarded him as a Born Again saviour (overnight cleansed) when he led the Harapan government for 22 months.
Just as the appointment of DAP leaders as full ministers was considered selecting only the best and brightest, likewise Mahathir picking Saddiq was considered grooming a future “PM for all Malaysians”.
Contrasting reactions to the two 26-year-olds therefore expectedly follows the set template — Danesh bad and not qualified for the job; and Saddiq good and well qualified for the job (2018 – 2020).
Why Saddiq is so popular among Dapsters
He is a “drama queen“ and Chinese appreciate this DAP-type wayang.
Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim who is the Crown Prince of Johor (TMJ) said “I pity the rakyat who always end up being the victim of political games” when describing Saddiq as a “drama queen” a few months ago.
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“Berlakon dan menipu rakyat semata-mata nak undi dan kuasa,” TMJ wrote in his Instagram on July 22 about Saddiq’s dramatics.
“Hampir semua tak boleh percaya. Semoga Allah SWT peliharakan rakyat dan negara,” HRH added.
It’s okay, I say. Let Malaysians get the politicians they choose to vote for.
”Dia fake, tiada prinsip”. According to TMJ, Saddiq “goes where the wind blows”.
Most Malays agree with TMJ’s assessment above that Saddiq is pure plastic but Cina DAP still think their Muar MP is the best thing since sliced bread.
Many DAP supporters contributed generously when Saddiq made a public appeal to fund his bail not long ago.
The donations to help bail Saddiq totalled a whopping three-quarters of a million ringgit.
Saddiq has been charged with misappropriating money. This makes him just the Dapsters’ kind of guy because like Guan Eng, Saddiq is teflon-coated in the court of Chinese public opinion.
“Pergi terjun dari KLCC tanpa parachute”
Last month when he was interacting live on Instagram, TMJ snarked about how Saddiq might wanna jump off KLCC without a parachute.
The suggestion by HRH is most fabulous, especially if we can tag on the following Titanic meme to it — famously from the blockbuster movie is the line: “You jump, I jump”.
Saddiq jumps, they all jump.
Hopeful DAP voters cum Saddiq fans are again going to take a leap of faith in GE15. They’re gonna be jumping without parachutes. Hallelujah!
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