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Is DAP influencing Mahathir or the other way around?

November 22, 2017

Writer says DAP leader Lim Kit Siang has failed to have any influence on the party's coalition partners, as shown by the lack of support for the recognition of the UEC.

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By Ti Lian Ker

Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s refusal to apologise for Operasi Lalang, his insistence that his actions against Anwar Ibrahim were correct, and his refusal to condemn Perkasa for declaring “war” against the government if the Unified Examination Certificate (UEC) is recognised shows that DAP supremo Lim Kit Siang and his son, secretary-general Lim Guan Eng, have failed to influence their coalition partners.

On the contrary, it seems that the DAP father-and-son leadership has instead been influenced by Mahathir, who has openly insisted that he was right on all three counts in words and deeds, with Kit Siang sitting silently alongside him in the recent youth town hall meet in Petaling Jaya.

Despite Perkasa (of which Mahathir was founder patron) chairman Ibrahim Ali’s open declaration of war against the government, Kit Siang, who would in the past be the first to jump at MCA and attribute the Perkasa statements to Barisan Nasional (BN), has deemed it fit to be a “lap dog” (a term DAP would use on MCA under similar situations) by keeping quiet on this high profile debate on the political significance of DAP insisting that Mahathir, Muhyiddin Yassin and Anwar Ibrahim declare their support to facilitate the approval of the UEC without fearing any political backlash or war from Perkasa or their like.

If Anwar’s appointment of non-Mandarin-speaking headmasters can ignite racial tensions, resulting in Mahathir’s Operasi Lalang, the open declaration of war by Perkasa cannot be taken lightly if these three Pakatan personalities of Mahathir, Anwar and Muhyiddin are perceived to still be against the recognition of UEC.

If DAP cannot deliver this simple political gesture of support for UEC by influencing its partners, why am I wasting my time debating with a non-starter who is making “pompous” claims of DAP’s success in dictating to the three “ultra Malay” personalities of Mahathir, Anwar and Muhyiddin.

All that the rakyat can see now is that Kit Siang and DAP have made many U-turns since “being converted” by Anwar to re-embrace PAS and later embrace Mahathir’s party and Muhyiddin’s “I am Malay first”.

DAP is also seen to have accepted Mahathir’s unapologetic recalcitrance on Operasi Lalang, and his continued insistence that there was sufficient evidence on Anwar’s wayward sexual activities, etc. So is this how DAP convinces Mahathir, or is DAP now convinced by Mahathir?

If DAP’s member of Parliament (whose support has been derived from riding on hate-harping on Mahathir’s indulgences, unpopularity, etc) cannot comprehend this fundamental issue of political correctness, then I am not going to respond to her political nitpicking. The thinking rakyat will prevail and see through DAP’s political insincerity, blinded by a greed for more power.

Ti Lian Ker is MCA publicity spokesman and religious harmony bureau chairman.

The views expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of FMT.


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