Has DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang lost the fire in his belly?
Once the self-confessed conscience of the nation, Kit Siang has opted to remain silent on the Bumiputera Malaysia Finance Ltd (BMF) scandal and the Forex gamble linked to former Premier Mahathir Mohamad’s administration, Tunku Abdul Aziz Tunku Ibrahim said today.
Speaking at a press conference held at the Eastin Hotel this morning, the former DAP national vice-chairman said, “Surprising, that the man who once ranted and foamed at the mouth in anger over BMF – Carrian affair and had two books published in 1983 and in 1986
denouncing Mahathir, is totally silent as if he has lost the fire in his belly.
“His many detractors believe Kit Siang has been “bought”,” Tunku Abdul Aziz said.
Acknowledging that Kit Siang, in a news report aired over TV3 had said that his stand on the BMF scandal has not changed, Tunku Abdul Aziz asked if the DAP adviser would now say that Mahathir was a ‘crook’.
“Kit Siang has shown that below the thin veneer of political integrity lies a self-serving
Reminding Kit Siang that he has yet to take up the Statutory Declaration (SD) challenge, Tunku Abdul Aziz noted that the former’s reluctance was understandable as Kit Siang was fearful that if Malays knew what his real intentions were, they would withhold their electoral support for Pakatan Harapan (PH), thus making the DAP presence untenable.
Commenting on the position DAP was in presently with regards to the Opposition’s political landscape, Tunku Abdul Aziz opined that Kit Siang now has to tread gently to keep Mahathir sweet.
“Mahathir has clipped Kit Siang’s political wings,” the social activist added.
Previously, Tunku Abdul Aziz challenged Kit Siang to make a SD that he never entered into a secret agreement with Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Pribumi) chairman Mahathir that in the event PH were to capture Putrajaya in the upcoming general election (GE14), Mukhriz Mahathir would be made prime minister (PM) and Kit Siang would take up the posts of deputy prime minister (DPM) and finance minister.
This came after Tunku Abdul Aziz claimed that there had been a secret pact between Mahathir and Kit Siang.
Mukhriz and Kit Siang both denied the existence of a secret pact, however both have yet to take up the SD challenge.
Today, Tunku Abdul Aziz highlighted how Kit Siang had instead tried to divert attention by saying there was nothing wrong to ask for the DPM post.
“I did not question his rights to become DPM. What I said was whether or not he had made an agreement with Mahathir. That is the essence, the crux of the whole issue,” Tunku Abdul Aziz said, further explaining that there was nothing in the laws of the country prohibiting anyone from aspiring to that position.
“The only way that Kit Siang can clear the air as far as this affair is concerned is for him to
make a SD stating in clear, unequivocal terms that what I had revealed originally about the secret understanding between himself and Mahathir was a complete fabrication or in plain English a lie.
“Kit Siang has tried to get out of his moral obligation to come clean by saying that my
challenging him to make a SD was a silly political gimmick. To Kit Siang, truth is inconsistent with political life, a gimmick, but voters have a right to know if he and Mahathir have entered into this agreement.”
Tunku Abdul Aziz then went on to urge the DAP advivser to make the SD, for the sake of transparency and accountability, and also to declare his stand on the financial scandals linked to Mahathir’s 22-year administration.