For Mahathir, Guan Eng is simply a means to a very sinister end

TTF: Dr Mahathir Mohamad is a thoroughbred fundamentalist. The one thing he can never stand is a Chinaman dictating terms to him or imposing his will on the Malays. Lim Guan Eng is a personification of that hatred. He is an ethnic Chinese minister who besmirched the national language by issuing a press statement in Chinese.

But Mahathir is defending him (see news item below).

Yesterday, the Prime Minister told newsmen that Guan Eng merely made a mistake that shouldn’t be capitalised by the media. According to him, the Minister of Finance is free to issue statements in any way he deems fit as long as those statements fall within the latter’s jurisdiction. It appears as if Mahathir is willing to accommodate Guan Eng’s idiosyncrasies despite them slanting heavily against the spirit with which the Constitution of Malaysia was founded. 

Question is, are we looking at a new Mahathir here?

Well, you can bet your last ringgit that we’re not. The Prime Minister needs Guan Eng to helm the Ministry of Finance (MoF) as not only is the latter facing serious corruption charges, he is as dim-witted as dim-wits get. Mahathir needs a less intelligent Chinaman at his mercy to do his bidding no matter how ridiculous that bidding may seem. And right now, he needs Lim to plunge share prices so that his cronies can purchase those shares – particularly those linked to government – at dirt cheap prices.

Thus, the more Lim performs these more than ridiculous stunts, the more the Malays will be angered with him and accuse the DAP of sabotaging Mahathir. The Prime Minister will then seek the unification of PPBM and UMNO (READ ABOUT IT HERE) to consolidate his position in power. Once that happens, the DAP will suffer his wrath as he begins to dictate his terms and decide who gets to say what, when and where. 

It’s common sense, really.

PETALING JAYA: Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has defended Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng over the flak which the latter had received for issuing a statement in Chinese.

“It’s a minor mistake, I don’t want to make it an issue. Sometimes we make mistakes.

I think he issued it in three languages, but for the Chinese audience he issued a statement in Chinese, that’s all,” the Prime Minister said when asked about the issue.

Lim was criticised by politicians and Malaysians alike after he had issued a statement in Chinese – ironically, to defend his use of trilingual statements for certain ministerial matters.

Dr Mahathir, who was asked on Monday (June 25) whether he would advise Lim not to issue any statements in Mandarin from now, said he would not do so.

“We are not going to advise. He made a mistake, not intentional.He can issue a statement where he is empowered. When the announcement should be made by him, and that’s what he has done,” said the Prime Minister.

Source: The Star Online

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