Faust of ‘Flip-Flop’ Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad is really taking a huge political suicidal risk for teaming up with arc enemy Chinese Chauvinist Emperorissimo of DAP Lim Kit Siang, in his personal quest to oust Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak.
Kit Siang only concerned if issues serve his purpose: Former DAP vice-chairman
BY SYED UMAR ARIFF AND BALVIN KAUR – 30 JANUARY 2017 @ 2:01 PM
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KUALA LUMPUR: DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang has been labelled an “opportunist” and a “hypocrite” for his nonchalance over the controversial Bumiputra Malaysia Finance (BMF) scandal in the early 1980s.
This was despite the opposition leader then leading a crusade against then prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad over the issue. Lim’s indifference was likely to appease a segment of Malay voters ahead of the 14th General Election (GE14), said former DAP vice-chairman Tunku Abdul Aziz Tunku Ibrahim.
“This shows that Lim is an opportunist who will only take matters into his concerns if they serve his purpose, (and in the process), turn them into huge criminal issues. Otherwise, he will just sweep them under the carpet.
“The issue will remain the same. Only his reaction will be different,”
Tunku Abdul Aziz said yesterday. As of now, Tunku Abdul Aziz said Lim would have to downplay his response to the BMF controversy to establish a working relationship with Dr Mahathir and subsequently, hope to secure a certain deposit from a Malay vote base.
“If he upsets Dr Mahathir (by raising the BMF scandal), the already fragile relationship between them will simply disintegrate.”
Tunku Abdul Aziz said such opportunistic traits were synonymous with Lim.
“I have seen such traits in him. That is how he treats PKR and Pas. He is just using them for DAP’s purpose. I had once asked him personally, are we (DAP) taking (former opposition leader Datuk Seri) Anwar (Ibrahim) and Pas seriously? Lim could not give me a straight answer.”
It was reported last week that the United States Central Intelligence Agency had linked Dr Mahathir’s administration to the BMF scandal between 1979 and 1983 that had cost the country nearly US$1 billion (RM3.57 billion) in two botched loan deals.
The scandal also involved the murder of a Bank Bumiputra auditor.
In response to the issue, Lim had published two books on BMF. The first was published in 1983 titled The BMF Scandal and the second was in 1986, titled BMF: The Scandal of Scandals. So far, Mahathir has denied his involvement in the scandal, while Lim was reportedly to have said that the CIA findings “did not reveal anything new”.
Lim’s disposition had also courted criticisms from other former DAP leaders. Law lecturer Shamsher Singh Thind said while Lim had the moral capacity to forgive Dr Mahathir for jailing him during the infamous Op Lalang period, he should not forgive him for causing the country to lose billions of ringgit.
“Lim had written two books on the BMF scandal and issued numerous press statements, demanding a Royal Commission of Inquiry to be established for what he called ‘the greatest banking and financial scandal in Malaysian history’.
“In a 1987 press statement, Lim had also said that Dr Mahathir was personally liable for the US$200 million (RM886 million) loss suffered by Bank Bumiputera after he (Dr Mahathir) requested the said bank to give a loan to Maminco Sdn Bhd, a company which had no asset.
“Lim also said that the BMF scandal cost Malaysians US$2.5 billion and ‘the government had given the Malaysian people and the world the impression that it had a lot of things to hide, and was going out of its way to protect the BMF culprits.’
But now, Lim himself is protecting Dr Mahathir,” Shamsher said. Former Sepang DAP parliamentary liaison committee member, Tan Tuan Tat said Lim used to “howl” at any issue in order to prop himself up as the “people’s champion”. “
Of course, he is an opportunist. He has to be nice to Dr Mahathir now because he needs the Malay votes to win GE14. “One wonders what has happened to DAP’s mantra on Competency, Accountability and Transparency, or CAT,” he said.
Dr Mahathir failed in every stunt to oust Prime Minister Najib, since the former launched the open attack against the latter in March 2015.
Focusing on the 1MDB, first he tried to use then Deputy Prime Minister and Deputy UMNO President Tan Sri Muhyiddin Mohd. Yassin to canvass support amongst strategic UMNO and Government leaders, as his foreign media partners incessantly started to shell.
Then the ‘Four Horesmen of Conspiracy’ in lightning speed formed a Special Task Force to “Investigate what had been reported by WSJ and Sarawak Report”.
The flanked attacks on Prime Minister Najib’s position failed miserably. When Muhyiddin was sacked, Dr. Mahathir tried to use UMNO to mount that pressure.
He hoped UMNO delegates raised the matter in the Dec 2015 AGM and cause a ripple, which eventually pressure Prime Minister Najib to step down. It failed too.
He then was counting the same ripple was created amongst the Opposition MPs and some of BN MPs to join in the fray for a vote of no confidence at the Dewan Rakyat.
He was wrong.
Then he quit UMNO. He was hoping that would create a desired snowball effect.
The truth is majority of UMNO members were not bothered.
Dr Mahathir came to realisation that Prime Minister Najib cannot be toppled through UMNO. The only way left is to sink Barisan Nasional.
He cannot do this with his existing or perhaps waining clout. It has to have a more powerful push-factor, so that at least half of the nation would participate in the force to topple Prime Minister Najib.
Then on 4 March 2016, he launched ‘Deklarasi Rakyat’ teaming up with arc enemy Lim Kit Siang, DAP, PKR, anti-establishment activists, like-minded NGO, the works.
He hoodwinked the rakyat to sign the petition, which would be brought upon to His Majesty Seri Paduka Baginda Yang DiPertuan Agong for the ouster of Prime Minister Najib.
The Sarawak State Election and the twin bi-election middle of 2016 is the proof that BN’s popularity is still good if not strong. At least, the Chinese votes have improved compared to 13GE.
When the petition did not reach the desired effect, he quickly launch his All-Malay parti Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia.
Pribumi Bersatu was quick to Alliance themselves with the Opposition, particularly DAP and PAN.
Despite there are uneasiness and resentment amongst DAP hardliners for Lim to be politically so chummy-chummy with DAP’s arc enemy for half a century, the Emperorissimo still steam on.
Lim calculated that Dr Mahathir is the ticket for the Opposition to break the conservative-Malay support, which is the mainstay of BN.
So at the moment, Lim views Dr Mahathir’s obsession to topple Prime Minister Najib even at the expense of the Malays losing power for the first time in six decades as the perfect opportunity for Chinese Chauvinist DAP be the real power despite being minority.