Often in life people hope for something like fortune, fame or a love interest that will serve as the fix all for all of their problems. However, not too long after they have received what they thought would make their life complete the realize that things have become worse instead of better.
This may be how DAP-led Pakatan is viewing life with respect to their relationship with Tun Mahathir.
Tun Mahathir was supposed to be the cure for what the DAP-led opposition was suffering from.
And what they suffered from was a litany of problems.
For example, before Tun Mahathir’s arrival, the Pakatan coalition had no head. They were like the headless horseman from the short story “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” by the American Author Washington Irving.
Being headless the only thing that DAP-led opposition could do was seek to destroy whoever stood in their path to Putrajaya; in this case it is Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak. However one of the drawback of being headless, you have no clear direction (leadership) and there is a greater chance of self inflicted (infighting) injuries.
Another problem the DAP-led had opposition had was akin to that of the wizard in the “Wizard of Oz”. They wanted to give the persona of being all knowing and powerful, but it was all smoke and mirrors; it was a little man behind that was trying to make Pakatan Harapan seem powerful.
But just as the fake wizard in the Wizard of Oz was exposed when the curtains were pulled back so was Lim Kit Siang exposed as DAP-led Pakatan’s wizard. After all, who but their wizard working behind the scenes could pull the right levers to formally get Mahathir invited into DAP-led Pakatan coalition.
Lim Kit Siang not only got Tun Mahathir an inside pass, but also allowed him to claim the status of ‘Top-dog’.
Allowing Mahathir to do that proved that while DAP-led Pakatan had no acceptable public leader their real king maker (Lim Kit Siang) was hiding behind the curtain. .
Even as such; how embarrassing it must be for a political coalition to not have qualified individuals that can openly attract voters; especially Malay voters. Instead they had no choice other than to bring in Mahathir at 92 years to try and bring in Malay votes.
DAP-led Pakatan literally proved the truth of the saying ‘Desperate times called for desperate measures’. In this case Lim Kit Siang and his DAP were desperate enough to believe that Tun Mahathir could deliver what PKR and Amanah could not.
Now DAP-led Pakatan realizes that even with Tun Mahathir, they will still come up short of what they need for the next general election.
Mahathir can always boast that he has delivered (PPBM) votes. But that may change when the general election rolls around as PPBM members are becoming increasingly disenchanted.