There has been growing speculation that Lim Kit Siang has come out of the closet to fulfill his dream to be the head of the opposition. It seemed that whenever a statement came out of the DAP-led opposition camp, Kit Siang was the one who was making it.
That has not always bee the case. It was not too long ago that it was Selangor Menteri Besar Azmin Ali who was the one who trying to position himself as the rightful heir to the opposition. However, events like the letter and making the blunder of verbally standing with Tun Mahathir before he made yet another U-Turn and said that BR1M is good seemed to cause Azmin Ali to shy away from the spotlight and concentrate on giving out aid vouchers with his photo on them.
With Azmin having scurried back to the shadow, it would have seemed that Datuk Wan Azizah Ismail would be the voice and face of the opposition. However, staying true to form, she remained as effective as a leader as one of her Japanese fans on a hot Malaysian day; zero!
Therefore with Azmin acting like a puppy with its tail between its legs, Wan Azizah plying for a bit role in a Japanese drama and Lim Guan Eng’s voice being virtually silenced due to his legal trouble; Lim Kit Siang seized the opportunity to be the champion for the Chinese and a protective father for the Malays.
Kit Siang has gotten so caught up in his role as the self proclaimed de facto opposition leader that he actually believed that he was their leader.
It may have been Datuk Salleh Keruack’s post questioning Lim Kit Siang if he were the head of the opposition as well as similar posts which caused Kit Siang to snap out of his dream. The dream in which he was actually selected as the DAP-led Pakatan Harapan de facto leader.
Having been so exposed, Lim Kit Siang needed someone else to be proclaimed as the de facto opposition leader; and the only one who could fit that bill and be plausible is who else; Tun Mahathir.
As such we should expect to hear more voices hint at and allude to Mahathir being in some form or fashion the DAP-led Pakatan Harapan leader.
Even if Mahathir is not heralded as such (de facto leader) you will see more of him and others making media statements and possibly a much quieter Kit Siang.
We can also expect that from now until the 14th general election Kit Siang will “Tune’ down his role as the protector for the Malays as he knows that this is demeaning to the Malays. To counteract this Lim Kit Siang will leave it to others like Amanah, Tun Mahathir or other window dressers they (DAP) have to speak on issues like RUU355 which involve Muslims.
In mentioning Tun Mahathir, the timing of his being mentioned as the de facto opposition leader is both suspect and laughable. In reality it seems that the strategy to proclaim Mahathir as the de facto opposition leader is not so much about him, but more about moving the light off of Lim Kit Siang!