There was a time in the political world of Lim Kit Siang when things (however warped) made sense; Mahathir was the sworn enemy and BMF was the political ax that would Mahathir on his knees.
Since those days events have turned for Lim Kit Siang and none of those turns are for the better.
To start, Lim Kit Siang jumped on the Mahathir band wagon to take part in ‘Save Malay’ and the ‘People’s Congress’; as it turned out neither of those two events stirred the imagination of the people.
Then Mahathir was to be used as the great Malay magnet for the three (3) elections which have taken place in 2016. However, not only was Mahathir not the magnet that Kit Siang hoped, but Mahathir may have been responsible for fence sitters to vote against the negative Pakatan Rakyat political machinery.
Next Mahathir was dispatched on his kiss and make up too which also took him to the court house with for a prearranged meet with jailed former Pakatan Harapan de facto leader Datuk Anwar Ibrahim.
Kit Siang no doubt thought that the meet between Mahathir and Anwar would be the catalyst that would create support for Pakatan Harapan among the Malays. But there were no sparks of possibility or joyous tears beyond those of their wives.
The event came and went and that was it. There was more excitement over a football match than what was generated when Mahathir and Anwar met during both their first and most recent encounter.
It was probably obvious to many in the Pakatan Harapan hierarchies that Kit Siang’s tie up with Mahathir was doing more harm than good. However, it seems like Kit Siang is like a gambler who is holding on to a losing hand hoping that things will turn in his favor. So instead of folding, he continues to ante up. Perhaps the prospects of a deputy Prime Minister / Finance Minister Posts have blinded Kit Siang to the certain political realities.
Whatever the case, this unsavory union has not only prompted the usually quiet Datuk Wan Azizah Ismail to give an opinion on DAP-led Pakatan Harapan’s connection with Tun Mahathir, but has also prompted four (4) DAP Malacca elected members to quit the party.
Lim Kit Siang should heed the words of Kenny Roger’s song “The Gambler”
You got to know when to hold them, know when to fold them, know when to walk away, know when to run….
And with Kit Siang’s continued connection with Mahathir, there may soon be others in the DAP who decide it’s time to walk away!