Why the U-turn on DAP, Salleh questions Mahathir

May 6, 2017

Umno treasurer-general Salleh Said Keruak has questioned former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad’s change of stance about DAP after hating the party from more than 44 years.

“We can only assume that in his desperation Mahathir is scraping the bottom of the barrel because he realises that unless his party and Pakatan Harapan can get Chinese support they are going to get wiped out in the next general election because they have already lost the support of the Malay electorate,” wrote Salleh in a blog post.

Mahathir had, on Friday attended a DAP dinner in Gelang Patah.

Salleh said that Mahathir has been very consistent about is his stand on DAP adding that soon after the 2013 general election Mahathir attacked Prime Minister Najib Razak for ‘wasting time’ on the Chinese voters, who would never vote for Barisan Nasional anyway, instead of focusing just on the Malay voters who are the backbone of the support for Umno.

“It is most ironical that last night in his speech in Gelang Patah Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad did a complete U-turn from his May 2013 stance. In 2013, Mahathir called Lim Kit Siang a racist and asked that he be ‘buried’ in Gelang Patah,” he added.

He said Mahathir has been consistent in condemning DAP and its Chinese supporters from 1969 to 2013 where in 1969 Mahathir said he did not need Chinese votes to win the election and he could win just based on the Malay votes.

“The Chinese then decided to vote for PAS and Yusof Rawa won instead. Mahathir then retaliated by writing his anti-Chinese book, The Malay Dilemma, which was banned by the government,” he added.