Mahathir Mohamad has let the cat out of the bag.

 |Jan 21, 2017
Mahathir attended DAP national convention on Dec 4 after sealing a secret deal with Lim Kit Siang.
Mahathir attended DAP national convention on Dec 4 after sealing a secret deal with Lim Kit Siang.

Mahathir, intentionally or not, has finally admitted the long held open secret that there was a deal between him and DAP supremo Lim Kit Siang on the positions of prime minister (PM) and deputy prime minister (DPM).

Speculations have rife that the deal was to installed Mukhriz Mahathir as PM and Kit Siang as DPM if the Pakatan Harapan-Pribumi axis were to capture Putrajaya in the next general election (GE14).

Political observers like Tunku Abdul Aziz and blogger Raja Petra Kamarudin have already exposed the secret deal long before Mahathir broke his silence on the matter.

The deal was purportedly sealed by the two veteran politicians allegedly during a telephone conversation on Dec 3.

Prior to that Mukhriz and Kit Siang chided Tunku Abdul Aziz for “telling a lie.”

But now former Premier Mahathir had confirmed that the speculations were not a lie after all.

Mahathir seems has replied to a statement by Prime Minister Najib Razak that the DAP would take control of the federal government if the opposition bloc won GE14.

But in reality, observers felt that Mahathir’s revelation on his secret deal with Kit Siang had actually done more damage to DAP than to Umno.

Najib of course was not far off from the truth.

It’s obvious that Chinese-dominated DAP controlled Pakatan Harapan that also included two Malay-based parties – PKR and Amanah.

As DAP claims and believes that it had a monopoly over the Chinese votes – about 90%,, the Pakatan-Pribumi axis is over-dependent on Chinese votes for its survival.

When this happens, DAP will hold the fort in the opposition bloc and all Malay-based parties would be subservient to DAP.

If the bloc takes over Putrajaya from the Malay-based Umno-led Barisan Nasional (BN), the Chinese-controlled DAP will dominate the federal government with the Malay parties as “yes men”.

The Malay PM of Pakatan-Pribumi alliance would be a puppet to the Chinese DAP DPM.

Mukhriz Mahathir is to be PM and Lim Kit Siang to be DPM if Pakatan-Pribumi axis wins Putrajaya in GE14.
Mukhriz Mahathir is to be PM and Lim Kit Siang to be DPM if Pakatan-Pribumi axis wins Putrajaya in GE14.

Since Mahatir-Kit Siang deal was to install a political kid Mukhriz as PM and political godfather Kit Siang as DPM, one need not be a rocket scientist to figure on who will control whom.

Even if it was not Mukhriz, DAP would prefer a certain Japanese fan wielding lady as PM.

Indeed a lady choice would be a better choice for DAP than Mukhriz.

Mahathir and Kit Siang are now trying their best to appease the Malays from fearing a possible loss of political power.

But a look at the political landscape of Pakatan-Pribumi pact suggests that the Malays would finally lose their 60-year-old political power to Chinese DAP if Umno-led BN loses power in GE14.

Thus, Najib was right and Mahathir affirmed it.

PAS, formerly a member of previous opposition coalition called Pakatan Rakyat, seems to have got a hint about it, hence the Islamist party does not want to have anything to do with DAP and DAP-sponsored Muslim party, Amanah.

Now the stage for GE14 has been set for coalitions – one side a Malay-dominated BN and on the other is Chinese dominated Pakatan Harapan.

The next general election will be a fight the Malay-Umno political power versus the Chinese DAP political aspiration.

It may sound racial but that’s reality.

Question now is whether the Malays are prepared to relinquish their position and allow economically vibrant Chinese to be their masters like Pribumi, PKR and Amanah.

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Athi Shankar has been a journalist for past 30 years. He believes that democratic rights come with responsibility.