After the Royal Commission of Inquiry findings were made known, Lim Kit Siang probably wishes he could turn back the hands of time.
Based on the findings former prime minister Tun Mahathir, his finance minister Datuk Anwar Ibrahim were involved with concealing Bank Negara Malaysia’s (BNM) massive forex loses. Former Bank Negara advisor Tan Sri Nor Mohamed Yakob was named as “principally liable for criminal breach of trust”.
However for the purpose of this writing on the first two (Tun Mahathir and Anwar Ibrahim) will be referenced.
Why? Because Lim Kit Siang placed all his hope on those two eggs while forgetting about their cracks.
That’s right. Lim Kit Siang really thought he struck gold and had a winning combo with first, Anwar Ibrahim and then Tun Mahathir.
But then things started to unravel and unravel fast.
First there was Anwar being zipped up in Sungai Buloh prison because he could not keep his own pants zipped up. Then there was the disastrous Kajang Move which ended with PAS extricating itself from the opposition coalition.
After all of that drama Lim Kit Siang thought he made a politically savvy move by opening the door for Tun Mahathir, his son Mukhriz, former deputy prime minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and others that make up Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia to join the DAP-Pakatan opposition.
While Lim Kit Siang was in the midst of celebrating his dream team that would carry DAP-led Pakatan to Putrajaya, the dream team started looking more like a nightmare.
Even when it looked certain that Anwar Ibrahim would be sent to prison, Lim Kit Siang thought he could weather the storm. Then there came the news of Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin digging around in another man’s garden. Of course such a scandal made Muhyiddin Yassin damaged goods and out of any serious conversation of becoming Prime Minister.
Kit Siang believing that Tun Mahathir could put out the fires that DAP-led Pakatan was facing, made the latter ‘Top dog’. But now it turns out that the top dog is now in the ‘dog house’ over the BNM forex scandal.
Not only does the Royal Commission of Inquiry finding say that Mahathir is involved with covering up the Billions that Bank Negara lost in the forex market, but his then finance minister Anwar Ibrahim is also said to be involved in the cover up.
For decades Lim Kit Siang has been screaming for an investigation as he believed (in the past) that Tun Mahathir was somehow involved in the cover up of the Billions lost. But due to what he thought was political expedience; Lim Kit Siang was either quiet or dismissive at the beginning of the BNF investigative process. Now it is too late for him to get rid of Tun Mahathir as it would appear that he is throwing the baby out with the bath water.
For his part, Lim Kit Siang can only wish that he could turn back the hands of time to a time before he and his DAP cronies were discovered to have cheated to secure top leadership party positions.
He also wishes he could go back to a time before he linked up with Anwar Ibrahim after learning that the latter’s strange taste could someday come back and bite someone in the arse.
And he really wishes he could go back to a time when he was attacking Tun Mahathir over BNF and other deeds instead of having his people serve as Mahathir apologist.
But Lim Kit Siang can only wish because every time he looks in the mirror or at his son (Lim Guan Eng) or Anwar Ibrahim, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and Tun Mahathir he will see is a mass of politically damaged goods!