And for DAP they can use the fact that Mahathir, Mukhriz and Muhyiddin are contesting under a DAP banner in Chinese-majority seats as ‘evidence’ that DAP is a multi-racial party and not a Chinese party while the government would be seen as zalim for deregistering PPBM. That is what is called a win-win situation.
THE CORRIDORS OF POWER
Raja Petra Kamarudin
A most interesting development has just taken place today. The Registrar of Societies (RoS) has just issued a press release regarding Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) saying that since the party has not complied with certain terms and conditions the party will have to be deregistered.
Actually, those terms and conditions are very basic and not at all difficult to comply with. Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, however, purposely refuses to comply with what the RoS wants so that they would have no choice but to deregister PPBM. This had been discussed earlier between Mahathir and Lim Kit Siang and is part of the plan for him, his son Mukhriz, and Muhyiddin Yassin to contest the general election under a DAP banner in Chinese-majority seats.
Mahathir knows PPBM has absolutely no chance of winning the upcoming general election and if he, Mukhriz and Muhyiddin were to contest the general election under PPBM they would be wiped out. PPBM, which is no better than Semangat 46 and is just another Malay party, has no hope of defeating Umno or of replacing Umno as the new warlord of Malaysian politics. So Mahathir needs to discard PPBM and migrate to DAP.
The only way Mahathir, Mukhriz and Muhyiddin can win the general election would be if they contested the election under the DAP banner and in Chinese-majority areas. They realise they need Chinese votes in a Chinese-majority seat to win and not Malay votes in a Malay-majority seat.
And the only way Mahathir, Mukhriz and Muhyiddin can contest under a DAP banner in Chinese-majority seats would be if PPBM did not exist. If PPBM existed how would they explain contesting under a DAP banner in a Chinese-majority seat? That was why Mahathir needed the RoS to deregister PPBM.