Are DAP & Amanah Really Corrupt & Power-Hungry That They Blindly Choose To Stick With Mahathir?

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Jun 29 2020
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Lim Kit Siang has stopped singing “Malaysian Malaysia” since the Pakatan Harapan (PH) government was toppled by Muhyiddin Yassin and Azmin Ali. Once an idealist, the “Sheraton coup” finally woke him up to the dirty reality of UMNO-Malay politics. Muhyiddin has shown that for lust of power, there’s no red line that he cannot and would not cross.


While Mahathir Mohamad has his reservation about working with a crook like former PM Najib Razak, Muhyiddin does not. The leaked one-minute audio recording of a voice resembling that of Muhyiddin suggested that UMNO leaders – including Najib – be tempted to join Bersatu with promises of positions has proven that principle is as rare as dinosaurs in the Malay’s latest politics.


Pakatan Harapan supporters have been bashing Lim’s Chinese-based DAP party and progressive Islamist party Amanah for choosing former PM Mahathir over PM-in-waiting Anwar Ibrahim as the new prime minister in a plan to snatch back the government from Muhyiddin and Azmin. Do you really think a seasoned politician like Mr. Lim has gone mad overnight?

Pakatan Harapan - Lim Kit Siang, Mahathir Mohamad and Mat Sabu

Do you think DAP didn’t realise the anger of Chinese voters for supporting Mahathir? Do you think DAP didn’t know that Mahathir cannot be trusted? Do you think the powerless and party-less Mahathir could easily hoodwink the entire top brains of DAP? Do you think DAP hadn’t figured out the risk of supporting Mahathir, with a snap election that could be called anytime?


If DAP and Amanah were corrupt and power-hungry, as many angry supporters have concluded, would it not be easier for both parties to crawl to Muhyiddin and join his backdoor government? If a lapdog MCA could get 1 minister and 1 deputy minister post despite having only 2 MPs, surely DAP (42 MPs) and Amanah (11 MPs) could easily get half a dozen ministryships.


After all, didn’t PKR chief whip Johari Abdul reveal that not only his boss Anwar met with PM Muhyiddin, but also Hamzah Zainuddin and practically every leader from the “other bloc” (referring to the backdoor Perikatan Nasional government) except crooked Najib Razak? So why didn’t the big happy family – DAP, Amanah and PKR – join the corrupt and evil regime?

Muhyiddin Yassin and Anwar Ibrahim

It’s no-brainer that the desperate backdoor PM Muhyiddin would welcome DAP and Amanah with red carpet. How hard it is to create a dozen useless new ministries (on top of the already bloated 72 ministries) for the two power-hungry parties in exchange for 53 MPs, which would give the prime minister a super two-thirds majority and in the same breath allows him to rule until 2023?


Muhyiddin’s excuse to quit PH was that the coalition was seen as being dominated by DAP-Chinese. But that is no longer the case in the Malay-Muslim Perikatan Nasional coalition. So, is there one compelling reason why DAP and Amanah must shamelessly stick with an old man like Mahathir, who is left with only 4 loyalists? People love to mix with the winners, and avoid losers.


For DAP and Amanah to willingly take the risk of getting bitten by Mahathir for the second time means there are something which is not privy to the general public’s consumption. As explained by Kit Siang recently, DAP and Amanah have not “abandoned” their long-time ally PKR president Anwar. The first choice for the 9th Prime Minister was, and is still Anwar.

Lim Guan Eng with Anwar Ibrahim and Mat Sabu

But too bad Anwar was unable to secure support from either Sabah (9 MPs) or Sarawak (18 MPs). So, the next agreeable option was the Mahathir-Anwar combo, a proposal which was initially denied by Anwar’s boys only to be admitted by Anwar at a later stage after DAP said the dispute can easily be verified by referring to the minutes. Why was there a need to lie in the first place?


In the 2008 General Election, Pakatan Rakyat (predecessor of Pakatan Harapan) won 82 parliamentary seats. Back then, Islamist party PAS was part of the coalition. In the 2013 General Election, the same Pakatan Rakyat did slightly better by winning 89 seats. Again, PAS was their ally. After spending so much time and resources, the Opposition still failed to win the federal government.


In the recent 2018 General Election, PAS conspired with UMNO to create three-cornered contests which ultimately backfired. The mighty Barisan Nasional regime finally collapsed after 61 years. The new factor that had contributed to the success, whether you like it or not, was the alliance between Mahathir’s Bersatu (PPBM) with PKR, DAP and Amanah.

Najib Razak and Hadi Awang - Opposition Break-Up and RM90 Million

Even without friendly-Sabah-Warisan’s 9 seats, the Pakatan Harapan (Bersatu, PKR, DAP and Amanah) successfully grabbed 113 parliamentary seats, sufficient to form a simple-majority government. Can someone say for sure that without Mahathir, the Pakatan Harapan could topple the Barisan Nasional government anyway two years ago?


In 2018, there were mega issues like the 1MDB scandal and unpopular GST (goods and services tax) to be leveraged on. In the next election, what issues could Pakatan Harapan trumpet to rally the rural Malay voters? To add salt into injury, even urban Malays have been poisoned with the anti-DAP-Chinese sentiments fanned by UMNO and PAS over the last 2 years.


More importantly, even when the 1MDB scandal and GST bread-and-butter issue were presented to the Malay community in 2018, UMNO under the leadership of scandal-plagued Najib could still charm 4-million gullible Malay voters. PAS, despite its support for Najib, won 2-million hardcore votes. In the next election, PH will face UMNO-PAS’ combined 6-million supporters.

Najib Declare 700 Million As Donation - Obama Laugh

Do you know that Pakatan Harapan has never won more than 6-million popular votes in the past three general elections? Pakatan Rakyat / Harapan won 3.8-million popular votes in 2008 (under Wan Azizah), 5.6-million votes in 2013 (under Anwar Ibrahim) and 5.8-million votes in 2018 (under Mahathir Mohamad). So do you think PH, let alone PKR, can beat the forces of UMNO-PAS?


You can throw celebrations and “syok sendiri (self-indulgent)” in the MalaysiaKini English section claiming Pakatan Harapan (or PKR) without Mahathir can win the next general election hands down. But the sentiment is exactly the opposite among the Malay community. The Malays on the ground, even among some well educated urbanites, are ready to vote either UMNO or PAS.


For the last 20 years, Anwar has failed to sell the homemade cookie called “Reformasi” to the rural Malays. In fact, there was once when his campaign truck was attacked in the rural areas. Miraculously, not a single soul dared to disrespect Mahathir when the old man went to campaign in Felda settlements, known to be the epicentre of UMNO hardcore supporters.

Prime Minister-in-Waiting – Anwar Ibrahim

Mr. Mahathir is a very angry and injured tiger. He must be given a purpose, without which he will be forced or pushed to rejoin the corrupt, racist and extremist alliance of Bersatu-UMNO-PAS. Imagine how powerful Perikatan Nasional will be if Mahathir joins them in the next 15th General Election. It’s better to keep him close to you than to lose him to the enemy, which is already very powerful.


The 94-year-old Mahathir is the No. 1 troublemaker. But this is precisely why he is useful to create havoc to the opponent’s side. More crucially, he can still pull strings to make the impossible possible. History has shown he can destroy as well as rebuild. Laugh at him as much as you like, but try to ask some rural Malays today whether they will vote for Anwar or Mahathir.


It certainly didn’t help Anwar’s crusade to become a PM after a leaked voice recording of a voice resembling Muhyiddin, who said that the Agong (King) doesn’t like Anwar. It was already bad that Anwar could not win rural Malay voters. It gets worse that he could not win the support of Sabah and Sarawak. And it’s definitely worst for even the monarch to refuse to endorse him.

Anwar Ibrahim Meets Sultan of Johor -Kissing Hand

After Muhyiddin’s shock betrayal, anything is possible. Lim Kit Siang has learned what an idiot he had been all this while looking to create a paradise called “Malaysian Malaysia”. As long as the majority of the people vote along racial and religious lines, which will definitely happen in the next general election, it’s useless to continue screaming “Reformasi” for another 20 years.


One can be philosophical about the untrustworthiness and betrayal of Mahathir Mohamad, Muhyiddin Yassin, Azmin Ali, Najib Razak, Hamzah Zainudin and whatnot. But aren’t all of them the same? The simple fact that PKR had initially tried to lie that there was no second option (Mahathir-Anwar combo), only for Anwar to admit there was, speaks volume about the trustworthiness of the ally.


DAP and Amanah knew that instead of waiting for miracles to happen, they must explore options to first grab back the power given by the people. Even if Mahathir is to betray them in 6 months, there’s at least 6 months of hope. DAP and Amanah aren’t power-hungry. At worst, with limited choice, they just want to try again the winning formula of having Mahathir to swing rural Malay votes.

Mahathir Mohamad with Muhyiddin Yassin

If one cannot accept the cooperation between DAP-Amanah and Mahathir together with Sabah Warisan, can he/she accept the cooperation between PKR and Muhyiddin and Azmin together with racist UMNO and extremist PAS? Sure, one can say they will never vote for DAP and Amanah again. Go ahead, vote for UMNO, Bersatu (Muhyiddin faction), PAS, MCA or MIC. What could possibly go wrong?


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Better to stay as principled opposition than to sell ur soul to the devil.

Despite all those reasons to justify the need for supporting MM, How can they justify MM’s reluctance to investigate those rogue judges that has been exposed by the honorable judge-Beckham? When MM was crowned the 7th PM, the first thing he proclaimed was “upholding the rule of law”, now it is obvious that he meant it only when it suit his agenda and not a matter of principle. What kind of a leader is this?

Politics for politicking sake. What’s there for the Rakyat ? For self serving interest ? Money, Power and Ego. All for himself. Where’s the capable,honest and wise men in Malaysia politics? Fortunately , there are greener and welcoming pasture near Malaysia for our younger generation.

“DAP and Amanah again. Go ahead, vote for UMNO, Bersatu (Muhyiddin faction), PAS, MCA or MIC. What could possibly go wrong?”

The author still doesn’t seem to get it

1. At the very least, there will be a stable govt. People will be able to go about their business peacefully, there won’t be chaos and treachery. (It beats FEELING CHEATED / BETRAYED every single day, like during PH’s 22 months)

That’s ‘survival mode’

True, it was getting more and more difficult to make a living during the Najib era, but NOTHING IMPROVED during PH’s 22 months. And that’s a FACT (not emotion and conjectures, which is what your article is full of)

2. PH voters, especially DAP’s Chinese base, are mainly the non political sort. They don’t seek power for power’s sake. They just want a good place to do business and live with their families.

They only became politically ‘aware’ when things got really bad under final years of Abdullah and then the Najib era. This coincided with the rising support for DAP, and the rise of leaders who “had better things to do” than being a politician (like Tony Pua, a successful business professional and highly educated person)

They voted DAP for idealism, NOT POWER. They TOOK A CHANCE with DAP for a BETTER future, NOT more of the same. That’s ‘idealism mode’

But, if they feel that idealism is out of the question, then they’ll revert to survival mode. And who is BETTER in offering survival mode (stability)? MCA, Crooks & Co., your typical neighborhood gangs, who specializes in keeping peace and order (though not ‘law’)

3. You tried to use Lim Kit Siang’s long career and brand to make a final, ‘Hail Mary’ appeal to the jaded DAP supporters.

But you forgot that during those 22 months, LKS was UNABLE to exert influence on Mahathir, he was a near complete outsider. Why should any hope be placed on him again?

You don’t seem to get the point that, LKS had STAKED HIS OWN career reputation and credibility on Mahathir becoming a reformist and will pass the baton to Anwar. (Hell, LKS even wagered with an UMNO leader that if Mahathir reneged, LKS would quit politics for good! And LKS has LOST, and at the same time EXPOSED himself for being stupid and naive)

IF EVEN LKS couldn’t influence events, then to his lifelong fans, there really is no hope anymore. LKS himself was BOOED by supporters during the height of the Jawi controversy, remember??

There’s NO LONGER “The Legend of LKS”, my friend. You’re SO 2018…

“Go ahead, vote for DAP and Mahathir again. What could possibly go wrong?”

Now try answering THAT

4. You tried to play the ‘motive’ game, hoping that DAP supporters would believe that DAP leaders like LKS have nothing but altruistic intentions in regaining power

Which means, you want your readers to believe that politicians are Mother Theresa and Friends, that your readers’ mothers are still virgins

But you also hope that your readers are SO STUPID that they don’t understand that one of the most fundamental human instincts is to look out for YOUR OWN SON

Who do you think we are, kindergarten kids?

5. Last but not least, during election, the voters always have one choice MORE THAN the number of candidates on the ballot

Eg. If 2 candidates, the voters have THREE choices

If 5 candidates, the voters have SIX choices

What’s the ‘extra choice’? STAY AT HOME

Yes, the crooks will win if DAP supporters stay at home. But hey, repeat #1-4 above, thank you

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