KUALA LUMPUR: DAP veteran Lim Kit Siang, who spent years in the opposition, today gave some tips to former deputy prime minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi on how to be a good opposition leader.
First, the Iskander Puteri MP said, Barisan Nasional (BN) and Umno must admit the “enormity of the criminality and moral turpitude in the 1MDB scandal as well as other corruption scandals in the country”.
So long as there was a mental block to acknowledging these corruption scandals, he said, BN and Umno would be unable to function as a good and constructive opposition.
He said Zahid, the Umno acting president, was starting off on the wrong foot as opposition leader by claiming that the Pakatan Harapan (PH) government was built on hatred.
“Zahid Hamidi – you are wrong. You are not starting off as a good opposition leader and must learn to be constructive and honest,” he said.
Zahid had made these remarks on Tuesday, saying he believed BN would be able to make a comeback as the new government was built on “hatred”.
“A government that is built on hatred, on issues that (BN) could not respond to due to poor communication, or not being grounded in reality – eventually that government will be punished by the people,” he said.
Zahid added that defeated parties in other countries had made a comeback and that BN would do the same.
However, Lim said Zahid was in fact describing BN and Umno, not PH, and that the BN government had been punished by the people on May 9 because it was “built on hatred” and “not grounded in reality”.
“In fact, the Umno/BN government did worse: not only was it built on hatred, it was swimming in lies, fake news and false information – and the worst example was undoubtedly the great lie about the international 1MDB scandal.
“The first thing Zahid must do is to get out of the denial syndrome which has swamped the Umno/BN leadership.”
Lim said if BN continued to deny the wrongs it had committed and the scandals it was involved in, it would never be able to follow in the footsteps of long-time parties in other countries which had managed to make a comeback after suffering defeats.