Lim Kit Siang is quickly coming to the reality that his DAP-led Pakatan’s acquisition of Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Pribumi) and Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah) has been a waste of time and financial resources; as the obvious idea of adding those two (2) political parties to the DAP-led Pakatan fold was to use them to attract Malays to DAP-led Pakatan.
However, not having PAS as part of the DAP-led Pakatan causes a major hiccup in Lim Kit Siang’s plan as he realized that PAS and Barisan Nasional are the strongest groups in which Malay voters gravitate.
With PAS no longer part of the Pakatan Harapan equation, Lim Kit Siang had to find a way to fill the ‘Malay’ void.
In Mat Sabu Lim Kit Siang’s DAP-led opposition found the PAS version of former deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, who himself had been coerced to go against the leader of his party.
Muhyiddin Yassin was probably promised a quicker route to the position of Prime Minister, if he could help unseat Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak. As for Mat Sabu, he may have been promised support to be heralded as a new era Muslim leader, if he could unseat PAS President Datuk Hadi Abdul Awang.
As it turned out, both Muhyiddin Yassin and Mat Sabu failed in their assignments. However, wanting to snatch a victory from the fires of defeat, Lim Kit Siang had still hoped that having those two (2) men working against their former parties would bode well for his DAP cause; divide and rule using Malays to screw Malays. (Read it Here!)
What Lim Kit Siang had not factored in was that neither of the two men or Tun Mahathir have enough pull to attract Malays to his DAP-led Pakatan opposition; which is still the case even after the formal joining of Tun Mahathir’s political Pribumi to DAP-led Pakatan.
Malays are realizing that Lim and his DAP-led opposition only want to use them for their votes in the same way Tun Mahathir, Zaid Ibrahim, Mat Sabu and host of others are being used to try and get the Malay vote.
More than anything, Lim Kit Siang wanted PAS; as he knows the other parties in his DAP led opposition do not have the drawing power that PAS has. Therefore, it is safe to conjecture that Lim Kit Siang would drop Pribumi and Amanah in a heartbeat, if he could trade them for PAS.
Kit Siang also realizes that the above scenario is no longer possible as PAS President Hadi Awang says that PAS and UMNO have more common than they do with Lim’s DAP-led opposition.
But not having PAS in his fold may only be the tip of Lim Kit Siang’s troubles…
With GE14 approaching, Lim Kit Siang may have to do what Ernest Hemingway’s Old Man and the Sea did not do; in Kit Siang’s case, cut ties with Tun Mahathir. Failing to do so could have Lim Kit Siang losing it all.
That is why Lim Kit Siang realizes having Tun Mahathir and Amanah equal a zero sum gain!