Zaid Ibrahim gets a baptism of fire as he starts life in tightly controlled DAP

 |Feb 11, 2017
Zaid Ibrahim was rapped by Puchong MP Gobind Singh Deo for declaring Pribumi chairman Mahathir Mohamad as the de facto opposition leader.
Zaid Ibrahim was rapped by Puchong MP Gobind Singh Deo for declaring Pribumi chairman Mahathir Mohamad as the de facto opposition leader.

Zaid Ibrahim gave his personal view.

He said that Mahathir Mohamad was the de facto opposition leader, something that Malaysia Today had been saying for the last two years.

One DAP leader took offence to Zaid’s declaration and whacked him.

It seems Zaid should have first discussed this matter with the party before opening his mouth, and which he did not do.

“I find it strange that Zaid has chosen to make such an announcement as a DAP member without first consulting the party leadership. He should know better,” said Gobind Singh Deo.

As I said, for two years Malaysia Today has been saying that Mahathir is the de facto opposition leader but this has never been denied until today.

Even then only one DAP leader has come out to deny this.

Mahathir himself, Anwar Ibrahim who Mahathir met in court today, Selangor Menteri Besar (MB) Azmin Ali, PKR president Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, Nurul Izzah Anwar, Lim Kit Siang, Lim Guan Eng, Mohamad or Mat Sabu, and so on, have all remained silent and have not contradicted Zaid.

Zaid has conceded his mistake and said that from now on he will no longer give his personal opinions and he told the media to stop asking him questions.

That is the problem with Zaid.

If anyone were to ask him a question he just cannot respond with ‘no comment’.

He must answer your question and most times his answer will get him into trouble.

The other problem is someone may resurrect what you said in the past and compare it with what you are saying today and will point out the contradiction or u-turn in what you say today compared to what you said in the past.

This is the main problem many politicians all over the world face.

But then there will be many people with the small minds of the Pakatuns and the DAPsters who will accept these contradictions and u-turns as positive rather than negative.

These people suffer from a disease called DS or denial syndrome, which carry the symptoms of mental block.

Mental block occurs when facts cannot enter your brain because of certain barriers that have been erected.

Take, for example, those Muslims who support Boko Haram or ISIS and say that what they were doing in Africa and the Middle East was a good thing.

These Muslims have the same mind as those Pakatuns and DAPsters who will look at something negative and will declare that it is positive.

Mahathir (right) has whacked Zaid Ibrahim with many nasty remarks in the past.
Mahathir (right) has whacked Zaid Ibrahim with many nasty remarks in the past.

Mahathir is another very classic example.

He has said many things in the past, which today he contradicts by saying or doing the opposite.

But then not everything he said or did he contradicts today.

He still maintains some of the things he said and did when he was in power.

The ironical thing is the opposition disagreed with Mahathir when he was in power but today the opposition appoints him the de facto opposition leader in spite of the Mahathir of 1981-2003 was still the same Mahathir today.

Has Mahathir ever admitted that what he said and did when he was the prime minister was wrong and that he regrets what he said and did and apologises for it?

The only ‘mistake’ Mahathir admits to have made was when he said he was a bad judge of character and always appoints the wrong person.

Musa Hitam, Anwar Ibrahim, Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, Najib Razak, Tajudin Ramli, Nor Mohamed Yakcop, Abdullah Ang, Eric Chia, Tan Koon Swan, etc., all handpicked by Mahathir proved ‘the wrong people’.

Mahathir once said some very nasty things about Zaid.

He called Zaid a frog, a drunk, and a person with no principles.

Mahathir also said Zaid became a multimillionaire and the owner of the largest law firm in Malaysia through Umno and that he would be just a small-town lawyer in Kota Bharu if not because of Umno.

In short, Zaid is a perfect example of how Malays join Umno to become filthy rich.

What is even more important is not about what Mahathir said about Zaid but the fact that Mahathir has never taken back what he said or apologised for the nasty things he said about Zaid.

Does this mean Mahathir was not wrong and what he said about Zaid was right and still stands until today? Malaysia Today

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Raja Petra Kamarudin or RPK, cousin to the Selangor Sultan, is one of Malaysia's earliest online 'citizen journalists'. He started his website in 1995 before the internet 'explosion' triggered by the Reformasi movement in September 1998. Malaysia Today was launched as a blog in August 2004 and is one of the few pioneer blogs still active and posting articles on a daily basis 24-7. RPK, 66 years old, has been writing since 1990.