TTF: DAP veteran Lim Kit Siang told Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan today that he was willing to bet his political career on Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s pledge that Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim will be the next prime minister (see news item below).
The senior Lim went on to promise that he would retire from politics and not contest in the 15th general election if Mohamad wins the bet.
Actually, Lim should have retired ages ago.
The DAP repeatedly came under fire for rigging both its 2012 and 2013 Central Executive Committee election and re-election and was at the verge of being de-registered by the Registrar of Societies (RoS) in 2017.
By then, there was ample evidence to show that the party’s top leadership conspired to smuggle phantom delegates into election halls and marked several hundred ballot papers on their own.
Furious, party delegates and members held demonstrations, demanded Lim’s resignation and accused both him and his son of rigging the election to extend the latter’s position as Secretary General.
His latest ‘challenge’ to Tok Mat proves I may be right, that a very senior DAP MP is in cahoots with both Anwar and Muhyiddin to topple Mahathir.
On the 7th of April 2019, I wrote:
Mahathir is aware of two failed “no-confidence vote” schemes Anwar plotted separately with Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and a DAP Member of Parliament (MP) to trigger his (Mahathir’s) ouster from government.
As we speak, Mahathir has his men sniffing all around Anwar’s territory like bloodhounds and is only awaiting the right moment to pound on his ‘heir apparent’.
If everything else fails, he will throw Anwar back into prison on grounds that the royal pardon granted to him was unconstitutional as it failed to conform with provisions under Article 42 of the Federal Constitution of Malaysia.
I just didn’t want to say it then, but I was told that the DAP MP was none other than Lim Kit Siang himself.
It seems that this could well be the case.
In any event, I fail to see why the senior Lim had to pose a challenge to Tok Mat regarding Mahathir’s sincerity over Anwar’s succession.
Doing so simply mounts pressure on Mahathir to resign and works as a warning of sorts to the Prime Minister “not to mess around.”
If things are really good between the two, Lim ought to have kept his mouth shut.
KUALA LUMPUR: DAP veteran Lim Kit Siang told Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan today that he was willing to bet his political career on Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s pledge that Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim will be the next prime minister.
In a statement today, the Iskandar Puteri MP said that the process will also go on smoothly, without the need to call for fresh elections, and gave Mohamad two days to take up his challenge.
Lim promised to retire from politics, and not contest in the 15th general election, if Mohamad wins the bet.
“At the PBS Sandakan by-election ceramah last night, the Umno acting president, Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan said Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad will not keep his promise of passing on the prime minister’s post to Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and that he will sooner dissolve Parliament and call for fresh elections instead.
“I have more confidence in (Dr) Mahathir and I am prepared to have a wager with Mohamad that (Dr)Mahathir will honour the Pakatan Harapan commitment to pass the prime minister’s post to Anwar.
“If Mahathir does not pass the Prime Minister’s post to Anwar and instead dissolve Parliament to call for early 15th General Elections, I will retire from politics and will not contest in the 15th General Election,” Lim said.
Lim also challenged Mohamad to do the same, if the former wins the bet.
“Let us give Mohamad two days to decide whether to accept this wager with me,” he added.
In his campaign speech at Sandakan yesterday, Mohamad claimed that Dr Mahathir will not keep his promise of passing on the prime minister’s post to Anwar even after two years.
The Rantau state assemblyman said he was familiar with Dr Mahathir’s character and from what he knows, the latter will not relinquish the post to Anwar.
“I’ve worked with the grandpa for a long time. Trust me, I know the man; he won’t give it up,” he told a ceramah in Bandar Letat Jaya here today.
“Instead, when the time is up in two years, he will sooner dissolve Parliament and call for fresh elections instead,” he said, adding that the election will be called as soon as the end of next year.