Lim Kit Siang is quickly coming to the reality that his DAP-led Pakatan’s acquisition of Pribumi and Amanah, has been a waste of time and financial resources as the obvious idea of adding those two political parties to the DAP-led Pakatan fold was to use them to attract Malays to DAP-led Pakatan.
However, not having PAS as part of the DAP-led Pakatan causes a major hiccup in Kit Siang’s plan as he realised that PAS and Barisan Nasional are the strongest groups in which Malay voters gravitate.
With PAS no longer part of the Pakatan Harapan equation, Lim Kit Siang had to find a way to fill the ‘Malay’ void.
In Mat Sabu, Kit Siang’s DAP-led opposition found that the PAS version of former deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, who himself had been coerced to go against the leader of his party.
Muhyiddin Yassin was probably promised a quicker route to the position of prime minister if he could help unseat Prime Minister Najib Razak.
As for Mohamad ‘Mat’ Sabu, he may have been promised support to be heralded as a new era Muslim leader if he could unseat PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang.
As it turned out, both Muhyiddin Yassin and Mat Sabu failed in their assignments.
However, wanting to snatch a victory from the fires of defeat, Kit Siang had still hoped that having those two men working against their former parties would bode well for his DAP cause; divide and rule by Malays attacking Malays.
What Kit Siang had not factored in was that neither of the two men or Mahathir Mohamad has enough pull to attract Malays to his DAP-led opposition; which is still the case even after the formal joining of Mahathir’s political Pribumi to DAP-led Pakatan Harapan.
Malays are realising that Lim and his DAP-led opposition only want to use them for their votes in the same way Mahathir, Zaid Ibrahim, Mat Sabu and a host of others are being used to try and get the Malay vote.
More than anything, Kit Siang wanted PAS; as he knows the other parties in his DAP-led opposition do not have the drawing power that PAS has. Therefore, it is safe to conjecture that Kit Siang would drop Pribumi and Amanah in a heartbeat if he could trade them for PAS.
Kit Siang also realises that the above scenario was no longer possible as PAS president Hadi Awang said that PAS and Umno had more common than they do with Lim’s DAP-led opposition.
But not having PAS in his fold may only be the tip of Kit Siang’s troubles.
With GE14 approaching, Kit Siang may have to do what Ernest Hemingway’s Old Man and the Sea did not do; in Kit Siang’s case, cut ties with Mahathir.
Failing to do so could have Lim Kit Siang losing it all.
That is why Kit Siang realises having Mahathir and Amanah equal a zero sum gain. – The Malaysian Observer Blog