It appears that Mahathir Mohamad has once had a problem with maths.
We all remember Mahathir’s maths skills when he first tried to convince Malaysians that there was money that vanished into thin air from the 1Malaysia Development Berhad coffers.
First, he said one amount then lowered that figure only to significantly increase it after that.
When all was said and done, it turned out that he was wrong on each occasion.
Then there was his claim to have a million signatories for his petition.
Yet, when the time came to prove the validity of the signatures, one could almost hear a pin drop.
Now, once again Mahathir has made a numerical claim that many find unbelievable.
During a recent press conference, Mahathir claimed that at Pakatan Harapan events, the Malay crowd could range somewhere between 12,000 and 15,000.
Those numbers are highly questionable as TV3 is said to only have the Malay turnout at around 200 (if that).
Mahathir is trying to delude himself and Malaysians into believing that Malays were coming out in droves in support of Pribumi and Pakatan Harapan.
Could it be that Mahathir attended the same creative math seminar that had landed Lim Guan Eng in deep water?
How did Mahathir count?
Did count double for every Pribumi member; one for Pribumi and one for Umno?
Or were those who he claimed were Umno members really Pribumi members pretending to be Umno members to give the impression that Umno members are doing like DAP and Pribumi members and jumping Pakatan Harapan’s sinking ship.
Then again, perhaps when Mahathir looked out into the crowds he saw people wearing t-shirts with Umno written on them as that would make a lot of sense when attending a Pakatan Harapan rally.
As the figures that Mahathir has mentioned are equally unbelievable and unverifiable; there is a strong indication that Mahathir was using the same convoluted math method that was utilised to come up with his mythical one million signatures.
In mentioning large numbers – 12,000 and 15,000 – and loosely tying it to Malays, Mahathir is trying to give Malays the impression that they were missing out.
He wants Malays to feel that, if so many other Malays are showing up to (of all places) Lim Kit Siang’s Pakatan Harapan rallies then they should too.
The plain truth is Mahathir could not pull significant Malay numbers for Kit Siang’s Pakatan opposition before Pribumi joined Pakatan Harapan and the same is true now that merger was consummated.
His only hope now is to fabricate large numbers in an effort to trick Malays into supporting his cause.
In retrospect, with Mahathir’s history of numerical errors should BMF really be a surprise! – The Malaysian Observer Blog