Pakatan Harapan has proven to only be a one trick-pony in a room of Smokey mirrors.
Tun Mahathir’s joining and almost instantaneous ascension as self proclaimed “Top Dog” for DAP-led Pakatan proves that they were in need of a new pony as people started questioning why the Pakatan was running around like a headless chicken.
Being a headless chicken had more than likely expedited any deal between Tun Mahathir and DAP-led Pakatan.
Not working out some sort of deal with Tun Mahathir would have left Pakatan Harapan in the uncomfortable position of having to respond to the many questions on why there was no name other than Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim as their choice for Prime Minister.
To cover the coalition’s lack of depth, the DAP-led opposition tried to display Anwar as if he were either:
- Not in prison
- Someone who could manage things from Sungai Buloh prison or
- Someone who would soon be released.
Whichever the scenario, it was of utmost importance for Pakatan Harapan to keep their (Anwar Ibrahim) one trick pony show going until they could find another solution.
This is where Tun Mahathir became a useful tool.
Tun Mahathir along with his now almost nonexistent political Party (Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia /PPBM) needed a stage to perform and DAP-led Pakatan a pony that could do tricks for the Malay audience.
The union of Tun Mahathir with Lim Kit Siang’s DAP-led Pakatan gave both men what they needed:
Mahathir: a platform that could help resuscitate his son Mukhriz’ political career
Lim Kit Siang: Access to Malay voters
The embarrassing thing about having Mahathir as Pakatan’s new one trick pony is people are realizing that Tun Mahathir becoming the “top dog” means that the kennel had been empty prior to his arrival.
It also means that all of DAP-led Pakatan’s posturing, placards, new conferences were all smoking mirrors cover the fact that they were empty and could only dangle the name of a prisoner (Anwar Ibrahim) out before the public.
Now it is Mahathir who is being dangled out before the public.
The problem for Pakatan Harapan is their new pony or “top dog’s” trick (1MDB) has turned out to be much to do about nothing; which has become yet another Mahathir’s red faced moment.
It appears that top dog Tun Mahathir barking up the wrong tree (1MDB) is proving to not only to be an embarrassment to him,
but it is proving to be an even bigger embarrassment for the (still) DAP-led Pakatan opposition which has placed Mahathir at the head of the coalition that he has just joined.
Allowing Tun Mahathir to become ‘top dog’ only proves that Pakatan Harapan has been and continues to be a one-trick pony in a room of smoky mirrors!