The strange case of Harapan++ - Commander S THAYAPARAN (Retired) Royal Malaysian Navy
Thursday, May 21, 2020
Malaysiakini : “To cast in it with Hyde was to die a thousand interests and aspirations.” ― Robert Louis Stevenson, The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
Liew Chin Tong’s article about the strange case of Muhyiddin Yasin does
no favours for the DAP, nor does it inspire much confidence in Harapan.
found it queer that Chin Tong, who is a DAP strategist, had an almost
naive view of his relationship with the current prime minister and one
of the main architects of Harapan’s downfall.
course, Muhyiddin was amiable and a political operative filled with
crushed dreams after a long servitude to the old maverick. And of
course, he would foist the three flags at the opportune moment because
he is a political operative with a history of service to the old
If anything, Chin Tong’s article is a blueprint of how
everything went wrong with Harapan and of how political operatives were
pulling the wool over the eyes of their respective bases, while engaging
in the kind of behaviour that they always accused the former BN of
I mean, not only was the Harapan regime reneging on its
manifesto promise, but they were also enabling forces within the
alliance to plot and scheme all the while and demonise critics who were
sounding the alarm bells. Remember the time when dissension within
Harapan was deemed "fake news"?
Honestly, some folks from Harapan
told me that Azmin Ali was operating out in the open, which didn’t
surprise me, but what is galling is the way how the DAP and the
pro-Anwar Ibrahim faction were sitting idly by while Harapan burnt. I have no idea why MCA’s Ti Lian Ker got his underwear in a twist about what Chin Tong (below)
wrote, but I am happy to note that MCA has learnt nothing from all of
this and continue to stick the foot in the mouth at every turn.
you are a Harapan supporter, you can safely conclude that nothing most
political operatives say about the internal politics of Harapan is worth
believing. So when Anwar skips a presser with Dr Mahathir Mohamad while
Lim Guan Eng and Mat Sabu look as if they are attending a wake, you
should understand that the good ship Harapan is heading into a storm.
claims that this was not a Harapan press conference but rather a press
conference where individuals aired their views, but when you have the
leaders of your alliance sitting with Dr M, it just looks as if we are
in for another round of the kind politics that brought us to this sorry
Having said that, it was good for Anwar to ditch the
presser. It is about time he demonstrated some cajones and assumed a
leadership role in Harapan beyond just being a handmaid to Bersatu. I
have no idea why the Harapan leadership is continuing with their
dalliance with Mahathir.
Mahathir's Bersatu has already
demonstrated that a majority of the leadership does not want to have
anything to do with Harapan. What exactly is the point of anyone in
Harapan – and this includes Mahathir and his remaining allies in Bersatu
– carrying on a kind of “understanding” with Bersatu?
and any other Malay power structures in Harapan come out and laid waste
to the propaganda of Umno and PAS, using every weapon in their arsenal
when Harapan was in power? Did they bring legal challenges
against Umno and PAS for lying about the government? Have they used the
state security apparatus – as they have in other cases – to prosecute
the lies and propaganda-makers of the Umno/PAS union? No, they have not. What they did is bend over backwards and claiming to want to carry out the bumiputera agenda without apology.
anything, as Chin Tong admitted in his article, the DAP never failed
Muhyiddin any time he asked for a favour, yet Harapan and the DAP got
stabbed in the back, for a Malay/Muslim unity government. If the DAP was so slavish to Muhyiddin, can you imagine how they were to the old maverick? If
Mahathir had just committed to the Harapan reforms - and did not plot
and scheme as if he was a young politician with a future instead of an
alleged kleptocrat and avowed strongman who was given a shot to change
his record - he would have been remembered as the father of a New
Malaysia, instead of a traitor who rode roughshod over those who voted
Even now, Mahathir and his allies – what’s left of them –
could commit to Harapan and Anwar, but they choose not to. Instead,
they desperately cling on to the hope that Muhyiddin will fail and the
rats will return to the ship. Anwar believes that Perikatan
Nasional (PN) will not last until GE15. However, what is the
alternative? A cobbled-together Harapan alliance where everyone is
paying homage to the old maverick and the traitors who switched camps?
Another round of who will be PM, all the while denying that there is
anything wrong with Harapan?
says this is not about personalities, but rather the reform agenda.
Fair enough, but the way I see it, for better or worse, Anwar is the
reform agenda. If he is prime minister and the agenda fails, then it is
on him. There will be no more excuses as to why the agenda failed.
at how ridiculous the situation has become. The old maverick pinned a
sex charge on Anwar and this ruined his (Anwar’s) political standing
among the conservative Malay voters. Meanwhile, Azmin, who was allegedly
involved in a sex video, is closer to the seat of power than any of the
other hacks in PN.
Azmin survived the scandal because of the
alleged patronage of the old maverick and connivance of the important
players in the Harapan state. And yet Azmin gets to play the race and
religion card with the full support of the establishment. The
Malay political establishment, time and again, demonstrates that it has
different rules for Anwar. Azmin is a prime example. His sex scandal,
his naked ambition and his treachery are rewarded by the establishment.
old maverick still goes on about how Anwar does not have Malay support
and that Bersatu is needed to get the Malay vote. Keep in mind that
non-Malays supported Mahathir for decades. Even the old maverick
acknowledged that the non-Malays supported him when the Malay
establishment was against him.
In a way, you could make the
argument that more Malays knew and rejected what Mahathir was, compared
with the majority of non-Malays who propped him up for decades and who
he is relying on now to do the same. Of course, Anwar having the support of the non-Malays is a bad thing. Harapan should understand that Mahathir needs Harapan and not the other way round.