I have always said we should not just focus on the brushstrokes.
We should look at the entire tapestry because the entire tapestry gives us the full picture.
The brushstrokes do not reveal anything and you would not even know what you are looking at.
This is the same when you want to get a clear picture of Mahathir Mohamad.
You must look at his entire 50 or 60 years political career and not just look at ‘one day in the life of Mahathir’.
Some say the Mahathir of 1966 and the Mahathir of 2016 are two different animals.
Since 1966, which is 50 years ago, Mahathir has mellowed, matured, changed and whatnot.
If you believe that then you can believe that on the night of Dec 24 Santa is going to crawl down your chimney to deliver your Christmas present.
The Mahathir of then is still the Mahathir of today.
His opinions have never changed.
His tactics have never changed. His desires have never changed.
His prejudices have never changed.
His hates have never changed.
In fact, because he has less time now than 50 years ago, the Mahathir of today is a more desperate animal than the Mahathir of then.
Read what Mahathir said just before the previous general election, as reported by Malaysiakini on July 8, 2012, which you can read below (the previous general election was held ten months later on May 5, 2013).
The salient points to note would be:
Malay stupidity had resulted in a major ethnic group (Malays) bowing down to the demands of minority groups (Chinese, Indians and ‘others’).
Malays have failed to exploit its majority since Independence to consolidate power.
The government now has to accept diplomas from TARC all because they need Chinese votes and this has occurred because of the stupidity of the Malays.
Because the Malays are now divided into three groups, the government has to bow to the demands of the other races to be able to win votes.
It was agreed during Independence that the Malays would be the majority so that they would continue to be in power.
But now the Malays have destroyed their majority by dividing into three groups and have to depend on the other races to remain in power.
If the non-Malays demand so much and want Malay privileges to be abolished, then they should stop using their mother tongue and vernacular schools should be closed down.
Chinese need to be put in their place and Umno must be chided for bowing to the Chinese
That and more was what Mahathir said ten months before the previous general election.
Then, soon after May 5, 2013 general election, Mahathir again whacked Najib Razak and accused him of pandering too much to the Chinese when he should have instead concentrated on the Malays.
Najib wasted his time with the Chinese, said Mahathir, and yet they still did not vote for Barisan Nasional.
After giving in so much to the Chinese they still voted for the opposition, lamented Mahathir.
Najib should have instead just focused on the Malays, who are the main support base for Umno.
Mahathir used this same strategy 50 years ago when he wanted to oust Tunku Abdul Rahman.
He accused the Tunku of giving in to the Chinese and of being a Chinese lover.
It worked in 1969 and due to the pressure from Umno the Tunku resigned in 1970.
Mahathir’s plan was to again use this anti-Chinese platform to get Umno to oust Najib from office by alleging that he is giving the Chinese too much face.
But then that is vintage Mahathir.
For 50 years he has been doing this: play the race card and the anti-Chinese card as a political weapon.
In fact, when Mahathir first took over as prime minister in 1981, the Chinese were terrified because they viewed Mahathir as a super-racist.
Later, of course, he proved that he was a super-capitalist and instead of killing off the Chinese he used them as trustees, nominees and proxies to make tons of money.
Today, the Chinese, in particular the DAP Chinese, view Mahathir as their new opposition leader and the man who is going to save Malaysia.
The DAP grassroots, however, have not forgotten and are not fooled by the so-called ‘new’ Mahathir.
They still view Mahathir as a pimp and a snake, as you can see in the video below.
Mahathir is a pimp and DAP is his prostitute.
Actually, it is not that DAP has forgotten or forgiven Mahathir.
They know that the Mahathir of today is no different from the Mahathir of the May 13 era. It is just that DAP sees Mahathir as a good weapon to use to split Umno. Only if Umno is split would there be any chance of defeating Barisan Nasional in the next general election.
Basically DAP is applying the ‘use a thief to catch a thief’ strategy or, as ‘Superman’ Hew Kuan Yau said, use Malays to fight Malays.
DAP does not love Mahathir.
DAP does not think highly of Mahathir.
DAP does not think that Mahathir has changed.
In fact, the Mahathir of today is worse than the Mahathir of before because the Mahathir of today is a more desperate animal than the Mahathir of before.
But if Mahathir can split the Malays and destroy Umno then why not work with Mahathir to do that.
However, DAP realises that it can only go so far with Mahathir so they will not be inviting him to their party convention.
If it do then Mahathir would be given a certain VIP status and DAP has not yet decided whether Pribumi is going to be invited to join Pakatan Harapan.
DAP realises that by allowing Pribumi to join Pakatan Harapan it may actually backfire and may cause many people to abandon Pakatan Harapan in disgust.
No doubt DAP only wants to use Mahathir to split Umno and destroy Malay political power but there are many supporters who are not prepared to discard their principles and to reduce themselves to political prostitutes just for the sake of winning elections.
If you look at the Pribumi lineup you can see that most of their leaders lack morals and principles.
It is like a band of pirates.
Is Pakatan Harapan that greedy for power that they would work with prostitutes and pirates just to gain power?
This is what the grassroots are lamenting about.
Pakatan Harapan is now prepared to play gutter politics in the pursuit of power and they have come to an all time low by anointing Mahathir as their new ‘Reformasi’ leader.