By Simon Cringe
He has done the unthinkable. Dr Mahathir Mohamad shook the hands of the man he once described as “despicable” almost two decades ago.
It was an inconceivable action by the man who many thought would never in a million years – he seems ageless – surrender to his lust and need or greed for power by stooping so low as to meet and shake the hands of Mr Despicable.
And just like that, he brought hope and promise to Opposition supporters.
I don’t want to rain on your parade, people, but that is all there is to it. Mahathir put on a show, a charade, all in his quest to cling to power.
Or in his case, to be the kingmaker.
Do you really believe he did all this just to Save Malaysia? Haven’t you had enough of his 22-year rule? Don’t you know what he did to Malaysia and its people during that 22-year reign? How many of his deputies survived? Name one please.
I realise this piece won’t endear me to the Opposition and their supporters, but know this: politics is about power and the quest to stay in power.
Understand this and you will understand why Mahathir did what he did.
What did you think? After the handshake, PKR is going to go to bed with Mahathir’s new party, Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM)? And Amanah and DAP will also happily jump in the same bed with PAS trying to squeeze in? Think again.
The Opposition is in disarray and PPBM plus the “handshake” is not going to make things better. Wake up and smell the roses. All of them have vested interests – be it “below market price” or inflated project costs or whatever.
They play the same game. They just have to be in power to play that game.
Simon Cringe is an FMT reader.
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