PETALING JAYA: The way one DAP leader sees it, Pakatan Harapan’s naming of Dr Mahathir Mohamad as its candidate for prime minister could have been the finale of a good Tamil movie.
Speaking to FMT, Pahang DAP deputy chief M Manogaran said he was reminded of Kollywood blockbusters when he thought of the complicated dealings and circumstances leading to yesterday’s decision to choose Mahathir as the man to lead a PH government until Anwar Ibrahim can take over.
“So we shall not laugh at Tamil movies for their twists and turns,” he said. “We are also experiencing an unimaginable turn of events in our political history. The inscrutable ways of fate and the law of karma are dancing before our eyes.
“Never did I imagine that I would be listening and clapping while Tun M spoke.”
He said he had set aside his anger at the former prime minister for the sake of a higher purpose.
“In 1998, I made a police report against the Tun,” he said. “Today, I am supporting this man for I believe that Malaysia under his leadership can be saved from Barisan Nasional, and that is a higher, bigger and nobler calling and responsibility.
“It is said by the ancient sages that when a leader’s time has come, he will become greedy, corrupt and contemptible. Najib and Umno represent that greed, corruption and contempt. They have become blind and drunk in their power, doing wrongs with great impunity.
“Therefore, we have every reason to support Tun M, not because we love him, but because we love Malaysia.”
He said removing Barisan Nasional from power had become the most important agenda for the public good.
“It’s do or die at this point,” he said.
“I, for one, believe that only an Umno man can bring Umno down and it looks like Tun M, who was an Umno member from 1946 until quite recently, will do it. Holding him accountable is for another day. Now it is not about him, but about throwing out a corrupt regime, something which we owe to our children.”
Pakatan chief secretary Saifuddin Abdullah ended months of speculation about the opposition alliance’s choice of PM-designate when he announced the decision at the PH convention yesterday.
PKR president Wan Azizah Ismail is to be made deputy prime minister.
The coalition made it clear that Mahathir would serve as “interim prime minister”, saying it would pursue all legal avenues to free Anwar from prison with the aim of eventually making him the country’s eighth prime minister.
Manogaran said Anwar had not been forgotten and that this was only a means to an end.
“When PH wins GE14, Anwar Ibrahim is poised to be pardoned by the King and then Anwar will eventually be made the PM,” he said. “What Tun M took away from Anwar will be restored by the Tun in a way. I believe he has shown remorse for the pain, trauma and suffering that Anwar and his family have gone through.”