What a mess PPBM have got themselves into. That is what happens when you ask boys to do a man’s job. Syed Saddiq Abdul Rahman may be a champion debater but he still has a lot to learn about politics. Yesterday’s chaos proves that PPBM is badly split and is not as united behind Mahathir as they pretend. And imagine this is with only 29,000 members. Yet they cannot work as one.
THE CORRIDORS OF POWER
Raja Petra Kamarudin
It appears that evidence is beginning to emerge that the chaos at the Nothing to Hide 2.0 debate yesterday was an inside job. Either PPBM’s own people sabotaged the event when the questions became too tough for Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to answer or PPBM is badly split between Team A and Team B and the chaos was the result of internal bickering.
Either way that does not change the fact that it was an inside job and now they are trying to put the blame on Umno and allege that Umno sent agent provocateurs to sabotage the event. The fact is the internal split in PPBM happened some time ago soon after the party was formed. Yesterday was merely a time-bomb waiting to go off and all it needed was a trigger to set it off.
The original four questions in Bahasa Malaysia that triggered the violence can be seen below. Basically the participants wanted Mahathir to explain his current stand regarding Anwar Ibrahim’s sodomy conviction, what are PPBM’s plans for the Felda settlements, what is PPBM’s position and strength in Pakatan Harapan considering it holds the least number of seats compared to DAP, and in the Memali incident was the intention really to arrest Ibrahim Libya or was it an assassination?
Actually these four questions are tough for Mahathir to answer because he either has to contradict himself or, if he does not want to contradict himself and wants to tell the truth, he will be committing political suicide.
It was during Mahathir’s time that many Felda settlements were turned into golf courses and holiday resorts and when the Felda settlers lost their land. It was also during Mahathir’s time that he announced Malaysia must embark on heavy industries and no longer depend on commodities. So what is Mahathir going to say about PPBM’s plans for the Felda settlers?
It was also Mahathir who announced that Anwar is an immoral person who is unfit to become Prime Minister. So is Mahathir now saying he was wrong and that Anwar never committed the crime of sodomy or is Mahathir saying it does not matter if Anwar is guilty of sodomy because that does not disqualify him from becoming Prime Minister?
PPBM has only one parliament seat and may win not more then five seats in the coming general election while DAP won 28 seats in 2008, 38 in 2013, and most likely can win 50 or even 54 seats in the coming general election. That would mean DAP would decide who becomes the Prime Minister.
In Penang, Perak and Selangor this was what happened. In fact, when PAS would not agree with DAP about who should become the Selangor Menteri Besar in 2014, DAP closed down Pakatan Rakyat so that PAS could be kicked out of the opposition coalition. DAP wanted Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail to become the Selangor Menteri Besar and when PAS did not agree with DAP they went berserk and punished PAS for not agreeing with them.
So the same is going to happen in the next general election if PPBM wins two or three seats against DAP’s 50 or 54. DAP and not PPBM will decide who becomes Prime Minister. And this was what the participants asked yesterday. How can PPBM with only two seats decide who becomes Prime Minister when DAP has 50 seats or thereabouts? DAP has demonstrated in Penang, Perak and Selangor that they call the shots.