TTF: Stop smiling, Guan Eng (see news item below). There is no such thing as President of the DAP. The old man is eyeing your position and will squeeze your father’s balls to get it.
And I’m not kidding.
The thing is, Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s plan has all along been to sabotage the DAP and PKR in an effort to weaken the two parties. It is an open secret that the former premier never harboured hopes of Pakatan Harapan winning the 14th general election (GE14). But the question remains – just how did he manage to sabotage the two parties and what in the world made him do it?
Well, by getting Kit Siang and Anwar to accommodate him and his PPBM into the coalition’s framework, he succeeded in getting a large number of Malay and Chinese to distance themselves from the DAP and PKR. With the parties weakened, Mahathir expects his party to perform just as well as the DAP and far better than PKR during the upcoming election. Then, the minute results are announced, he plans to seek an audience with Dato’ Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi to propose a plan of succession for UMNO.
Under the terms of the proposal, Mahathir would get all PPBM MPs to cross over to UMNO together with some 200 or so party members on condition that Dato’ Seri Mukhriz Mahathir is reinstated as Kedah Menteri Besar. The former premier would also demand that the 200-odd PPBM defectors be allowed to vote during the UMNO general assembly to increase Mukhriz’ chances of becoming UMNO deputy president.
Assuming Zahid agrees, the grand old man would get Mukhriz to contest the party’s number two post and Zahid the president’s post. Under the circumstances that both Zahid and Mukhriz win their respective contests, the duo would lead UMNO towards GE15 against a weakened and virtually toothless DAP and PKR.
If, however, Zahid were to disagree, Mahathir will get all PKR MPs aligned to Azmin to hop over to PPBM. Then, once PPBM becomes the party with majority representation in Pakatan, Mahathir will squeeze PKR out of the equation before getting Mukhriz to lead a new coalition towards GE15.
Now, assuming PPBM were to be deregistered by the RoS, you can rest assured that the former premier will drag 200 of his loyalists into the DAP or PKR, depending on which party agrees to his terms. One of the terms would be for the party – whichever it may be – to offer both him and his son leadership positions at the central level and two or three of his loyalists positions at division levels.
And that would make things very interesting.
The reason being, Lim guan Eng – who, for all intents and purposes, is more than likely to end up in jail – may have to step aside and let Mahathir lead the DAP. Should the Secretary-General hesitate, the former premier will simply piss Kit Siang off by hopping over to PKR even if Wan Azizah refuses his terms. Assuming that happens, the reformist party would have 101 reasons to contest all UMNO seats in the peninsula and a clear chance of outperforming the DAP during the general election. Now, do you think Kit Siang can afford that to happen?
Of course not.
Which is why, we may actually see Guan Eng step aside and hand the DAPs controls to Mahathir. Once that happens, the former premier will create complimentary positions in the party to accommodate three of his most trusted loyalists, one of them being his son. Factor that along with the 200-odd Malays from PPBM that the former premier will grant voting rights in the DAP, and we are looking at the possibility of the Democratic Action Party (DAP) turning into the Mahathir Action Party (MAP) with the majority of its members being Malays.
KUALA LUMPUR: Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) chairman Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad joked today that he could run for office under the DAP, after authorities threatened to deregister his party.
Dr Mahathir, who is also Pakatan Harapan (PH) chairman, did not discount the possibility of candidates from his Malay party contesting the 14th general election under the logo of the coalition’s three other component parties, including the Chinese-dominant DAP.
“All things will be considered. We must make sure that the people know who will be contesting and who is not.
“I am open… I can even stand for DAP. President of DAP,” he said in jest, when asked what is the party’s ‘Plan B’ should the Registrar of Societies deregister PPBM.
DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng, who was also present at the press conference, jokingly agreed to it.
Speaking after the party’s weekly presidential council meeting, Dr Mahathir said PH, which also faces the high likelihood of not being registered by RoS due to PPBM’s problems, said that the coalition is prepared to work together and discuss on how to face the upcoming 14th general election.
He said while the election campaign may be tough, PH intended to emerge victorious.
“The party has decided that we will further strengthen the relationship between the component parties.
“We will show them clearly that whether we are registered or not, we will remain united,” he said.
The Registrar of Societies has threatened PPBM with deregistration under Section 14(5) of the Societies Act 1966 for failing to submit information and documents on meetings at all levels, as well as its financial statements.
Meanwhile, when asked on PAS’ election manifesto, which proposed inclusivity for both Muslims and non-Muslims, Dr Mahathir jokingly said PAS would be ‘kafir’ if they mix with non-Muslims.
“PAS is the type that holds on to their principles. If they mix with ‘kafir’, they become ‘kafir’.
“Before, when they mixed with DAP then, I thought they were not an Islamist party,” he joked.
PAS will be launching a full manifesto this Sunday, March 18 at the Majlis Syarahan Perdana event in Astana Banquet Hall, Cyberjaya.
Source: The Malay Mail Online