Much has been said since media outlets reported of an alleged secret pact between DAP advisor Lim Kit Siang and former premier Mahathir Mohamad with regards to who will occupy the fifth floor of the Perdana Putra building in Putrajaya should Pakatan Harapan (PH) emerge victorious in the next general election.
The secret pact, according to DAP former national vice-chairman Tunku Abdul Aziz Tunku Ibrahim was to agree on placing Mukhriz Mahathir on the fifth floor as Prime Minister, while DAP advisor Kit Siang would be made the deputy.
Kit Siang has since denied the existence of such a pact.
Mahathir meanwhile admitted that DAP had asked for the deputy post, however the Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Pribumi) chairman in a blog post later on, said he made a mistake and that it was MCA who had asked for the post of deputy prime minister, and not DAP.
Malaysia Outlook caught up with Tunku Abdul Aziz to get his thoughts on what has happened since he made his ‘revelation’ on the secret pact.
“Mahathir has turned himself from a medical doctor to a spin doctor,” Tunku Abdul Aziz said.
“We have all had enough of these kinds of U-turns. What purpose does it serve? What game is he playing?” the social activist asked.
Tunku Abdul Aziz however said he understood that Mahathir may have been under tremendous pressure from DAP for him to change his story.
“For those of us who have been following Mahathir’s about turns, will not accept any more changes because we are convinced that it was DAP that had entered a secret pact for very good reasons that Mahathir very badly needed DAP’s support,” he added.
The support, he opined, was needed because Mahathir recognised that in the event of an electoral victory, leadership would not be provided by PKR or Pribumi.
DAP would be in the driver’s seat, Tunku Abdul Aziz claimed.
“He had to have Kit Siang’s endorsement for Mukhriz Mahathir to become PM and as a quid pro quo, Mahathir would agree to Kit Siang as DPM,” he said.
When asked to comment on Communications and Multimedia Minister Salleh Said Keruak’s statement that Mahathir was destroying Umno, Tunku Abdul Aziz remarked that Mahathir was a destroyer, and not a builder.
“He builds to destroy. We have seen this. He destroyed Umno before when he formed Umno Baru. Now he is destroying the very institution that gave him his power base.”
With regards to Kit Siang extending an olive branch to PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang, Tunku Abdul Aziz said previous experience between the two parties should serve as a lesson to PAS.
Kit Siang, speaking in Penang yesterday, said he is prepared to cooperate with Abdul Hadi if the latter was ‘prepared to conclude a solemn agreement that the top priority in the 14th General Election is to save Malaysia from becoming a global kleptocracy and a failed and rogue state’, as reported by Free Malaysia Today.
“This suggests to me that DAP has become desperate. They see this as a way out of their great dilemma. Without PAS’ support, DAP will be out on a limb, they would have no future as far as going to Putrajaya is concerned. They will be stuck in their tin rocket going nowhere,” Tunku Abdul Aziz said.
“The original understanding between the two (PAS and DAP) was that PAS was allowed to work on its own agenda including hudud,” he said.
Claiming that DAP was an opportunistic party and that they were using PAS, Tunku Abdul Aziz said DAP realised they could not play a big role without the Malay votes.
He added that in order to secure the Malay votes, DAP would have to do so through PKR and PAS.
PAS and DAP parted ways two years ago, which saw the Islamist party leaving the Pakatan Rakyat coalition, with the main reason being that DAP could not accept PAS’ push to empower the Sharia Courts by amending Act 355.