For the umpteenth time, Mahathir is creating – yet again – another movement solely for Malays.
The one he launched yesterday, which is called Gerakan Tanah Air, is led by his current Malay-only party Pejuang.
Also included in this latest iteration of Mahathir’s Malay-only coalition is the political party Putra headed by Ibrahim Ali.
Until 2018, Ibrahim Ali had headed the Malay-only political movement Perkasa under Mahathir’s patronage.
DAP claims to be opposed to single-race politics.
DAP is continually slamming MCA, MIC, Umno for being mono-racial parties — see for example @hannahyeoh’s past tweet below. (Hannah is presently the DAP National Assistant Publicity Secretary.)
Yet DAP embraced Mahathir’s race-based Bersatu for GE14, despite the evangelical party‘s loud opposition to race parties.
DAP embraced Mahathir in the convinction that the enemy of its enemy is its friend.
Mahathir was the enemy of Tunku’s Umno, of KuLi’s Umno, of Badawi’s Umno, of Najib’s Umno and as he announced yesterday — he is the enemy of today’s Umno.
The DAP’s evangelical leaders like Hannah preach the Christian message of “loving one’s enemy”. In practice, DAP loved the enemy (Mahathir) of its enemy (Umno) as its (DAP’s) Faustian friend.
DAP embraces woke buzzwords like “multiculturalism”, “pluralism”, “diversity and “inclusion”, blah blah blah.
DAP embraced Mahathir who could not even tolerate a diversity of Malay outlooks in Umno when he was inside the party (‘do things his way or you take the highway’), and who will not tolerate Umno 2.0 itself now he is outside the party.
Don’t forget that Mahathir turned against Badawi and Najib because he had considered the two then Umno presidents as being too soft on the Chinese.
This is the Mahathir whom DAP lovingly ’Born’d Again’.
BELOW: (1) Mahathir and Ibrahim Ali, the founder of Perkasa; (2) Mahathir and Lim Guan Eng, the Born Again Christian
The DAP had plenty of complaints to make about Perkasa in the decade spanning the late-2000s and mid-2010s.
Hannah Yeoh said for example that “Dr M cannot be loyal to M’sians if he’s loyal to Perkasa!” (see her tweet below).
Hannah Yeoh also said “our Vision 2020 former PM is such a disappointment for his endorsement of those narrow Perkasa views” (see her tweet below).
DAP was always well aware of Mahathir’s role as Perkasa patron but still chose to whiten his reputation in the run-up to GE14 due to the evangelical party‘s own power craziness for Putrajaya.
In late-2010, Hannah urged Malaysians to choose a worthy cause and “join one NGO (anything but Perkasa)” — see below.
It was not long afterwards that Hannah Yeoh became Mahathir’s No.1 fan girl even though sometime earlier Hannah had signaled that she was “really struggling to understand” how Mahathir could endorse Perkasa.
In 2018, Lim Kit Siang assured DAP supporters that Mahathir was a “changed man” — see below.
Kit Siang reassured the DAP voter base that Mahathir’s history will not repeat itself.
DAP is able to lie without blinking. And the Chinese swallow these lies with a gulp of holy water.
Ibrahim Ali is now once again at Mahathir’s side as a lieutenant in the former Harapan chairman’s newest Malay-only movement launched yesterday.
This time Ibrahim Ali stands beside Mahathir as the president of Putra which is short for Parti Bumiputera Perkasa Malaysia. Deja vu.
Mahathir has not ubah one whit but he gets worse and worser.
Nonetheless DAP in 2018 succeeded persuading its loyal Chinese that Mahathir had repented of his “Ketuanan”ism.
Reacting now to Mahathir’s latest move, the Chinese are decrying their once Beloved Atok’s rinse-and-repeat Malay agenda.
They bash Ibrahim Ali and the ex-Bersatu leaders (pix below) seen on stage with Mahathir last evening.
But the Chinese remain oblivious to the elastic behaviour of their party’s tudung-wearing and other Christian leaders who – not that long ago – were all busy licking Mahathir’s toes.
There is no cognitive dissonance, no Chinese dilemma for DAP voters.