Once a king maker, Tun Mahathir has to now kowtow to Lim Kit Siang and the DAP just to get a seat at their table.
After seeing the success of Umno’s just concluded General Assemble, Tun Mahathir knew that his goose was cooked and the all doors leading back to Umno had been destroyed by his own doing.
Maybe when Mahathir set out on his venture to destroy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, he could not imagine that things would escalate to where they are today.
His thinking was probably along the lines that Umno MPS would back him and hand Najib a vote of no confidence.
When that did not work he then thought that he could garner the rakyat’s support and have an Arab Spring or Philippine style people’s movement against the Najib and pressure the latter to step down.
However, no matter what Tun Mahathir attempted, nothing worked. It was those multiple failures which drove him into the arms of his once sworn enemies Lim Kit Siang and the DAP. Mahathir effectively sought refuge in the bosom of the very ones that he (Mahathir) spent most of his political career lambasting.
Today, there is little doubt that Lim Kit Siang and the DAP are enjoying seeing Mahathir summarily humbled and humiliated as the memories of Tun Mahathir’s verbal attacks against them (Lim Kit Siang and DAP) are still fresh in their minds.
Many of them never dreamed that in their lifetime they would bear witness to Mahathir being brought so low to the point that he has to beg for scrapes, just like Amanah from the DAP’s political table.
Again, Mahathir has to look no further than his own image in the mirror when looking for someone to blame for the predicament that he, his son former Kedah Menteri Besar Mukhriz Mahathir and former deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin are in.
Tun Mahathir’s ego and blind ambition to make his son Mukhriz Prime Minister brought about his and their political demise forcing daddy Mahathir to run and beg the DAP to be invited to their National Conference.
After receiving his leash or guess pass, Mahathir had no other choice but infuse praise on his host as noted in the following excerpt (The Star)
“DAP’s party song is in the national language and the conference is also conducted in the national language through and through.
“I see members from different racial backgrounds attending the conference here today. DAP is not a Chinese-only party but a multiracial one. They have non-Chinese members holding top posts in the party” he said. (here)
Mahathir wants the rakyat to believe that he was not aware of what was taking place at the DAP’s National conference. This same Tun Mahathir who had details of Anwar’s indiscretions, yet he had no Intel on what his political enemies in the DAP did during their conference or which language was used. Either Tun Mahathir is confused or he believes the rakyat is.
He (Tun Mahathir) knows the same thing now as he knew then; the only difference is he is in a much weaker position now and knows that he and Pribumi have to latch onto the DAP for survival.
And to survive, Tun Mahathir has to Kowtow just to get seat at the DAP table; a fact that Lim Kit Siang and the DAP are thoroughly enjoying!