Zaid Ibrahim, like others, has so far failed to woo Malays to DAP

Feb 20, 2017
Zaid Ibrahim entry into DAP has not caught the imagination of the targeted vote bank, the Malays.
Zaid Ibrahim entry into DAP has not caught the imagination of the targeted vote bank, the Malays.

Zaid Ibrahim joining the DAP just before the PAS ‘Himpunan 355’ rally, was supposed to be an attracting force for the DAP-led opposition to show Malays that Lim Kit Siang and the DAP were their friends.

Zaid Ibrahim, who is just the latest DAP acquisition, spoke at the ‘Himpunan Rakyat Tolak Usul Hadi” counter rally.

It seems that his doing so was supposed to legitimise the claim that Act 355 was not good for Muslims and non Muslims alike.

Unfortunately, for Lim Kit Siang and the DAP, having Zaid as part of the DAP equation was as effective as having Amanah, Mahathir Mohamad and the other despots who were acquired and loosely inserted into the DAP-led opposition pact.

As seen with Amanah and Mahathir, Zaid Ibrahim’s presence and message were not strong enough to pull in any significant crowd numbers.

In other words whatever hash-tag Lim Kit Siang and the DAP come up with, it fails to resonate with their target audience – the Malays.

In fact, given the lack of crowd numbers at the Act 355 counter rally, the DAP message (and many believed that it was its message), did not find a footing within the Chinese community as well.

Perhaps non Muslims are realising that Hadi Awang’s Act 355 does not affect their lives in the way the purveyors of doom try to spin it.

Then again, with so many rallies (‘Save Malay’, ‘The People’s Congress’ and Bersih), people are either burnt out on rallies or have wised up to the various agenda’s that were at work within the DAP-led opposition.

Whichever the case, Lim Kit Siang and the DAP cannot make a legitimate case for why so few showed up to the counter rally; conversely according to PAS, 300,000 came out to support Act 355.

Of course Lim Kit Siang and the DAP will say that they were no where near the rally, but one does not have to be there when one’s proxy was there.

One of the outcomes of having a Muslim proxy to do the dirty work is that it focused attention away from you and focused attention on the one who was the ‘Muslim face’ (Zaid Ibrahim) of what you want to accomplish.

However, just propping a Muslim up as a showpiece means little, if the one being showcased was seen as just another hired gun to further an agenda that benefitted a selected few.

Lim Kit Siang and the DAP-led opposition have continuously pinned their hopes on the likes of Mat Sabu (Amanah), Mahathir (Pribumi) and now Zaid, all in an effort to woo the Malays and ultimately their votes.

However, Zaid’s failure to attract Muslims only follows the failures of those listed above who produced nothing for the DAP leading up to the 14th General Election (GE14).

There is a good chance that if Lim Kit Siang did not believe that his DAP-led opposition was defeated before, the light of this reality was certainly starting to illuminate around him now. – The Malaysian Observer Blog