There is no more Harapan - Commander S THAYAPARAN (Retired) Royal Malaysian Navy
Monday, June 22, 2020
Mortality : ".. managed to throw Anwar and PKR under the bus, shoot Harapan in the foot and play into the hands of PN by furthering narratives that the DAP was aligning with Mahathir for protection against the PN government" - yes, Anthony Loke should go back to his father's duck rice shop to help!!
"Lim Guan Eng picked a fight with the MCA over the TAR UC funding and saying "your time is up, your time is over”.- yes, the height of the arrogance of power by LGE!!
MCA has the last laugh while LGE has not finished licking his wound yet!!
Malaysiakini : “There's an old saying in Tennessee — I know it's in Texas,
probably in Tennessee — that says, fool me once, shame on — shame on
you. Fool me — you can't get fooled again.”— George W Bush
| When then Pakatan Rakyat managed to deliver a body blow to the Umno
regime in the 13th general election, former prime minister Dr Mahathir
Mohamad spewed out propaganda demonising the Chinese community, the DAP
and Malays who voted for the coalition. He claimed - "But
Kit Siang (DAP advisor Lim Kit Siang) came and brought his 'Malaysian
Malaysia' concept aimed at creating Chinese hatred towards the Malays;
that they (the Malays) purportedly gained everything after
independence." - which is cute as far as propaganda goes. But more importantly of the Malay community, it was further reported that - “Dr
Mahathir noted that the Malay community was getting weaker and more
divided due to the attitude of some Malays who were hungry for power and
positions to the extent of forgetting the community's basic struggle
for its race, religion and country. 'They want to gain power in whatever
way. Even if they have to sell their own race to get what they want,
they will do it,' he said.”
In the 2008 election, when former prime minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi (below)
suffered the kind of electoral loss unheard of during the long Umno
watch, the old maverick thundered during a ceramah, "Anyone else would
have already resigned but (Abdullah) has no shame."
If Abdullah had no shame about not resigning, what of Mahathir, whose
resignation was the nail in the coffin of the Harapan collapse, wanting
to be prime minister again?
have argued that Pakatan Harapan, flawed though it is, is a potent
multi-racial alliance capable of dismantling the Umno hegemony. This
idea that a “Malay-based party" is needed to anchor the alliance is
complete horse manure. Maybe it would take Harapan longer to achieve its
goal of claiming Putrajaya without a Malay-based anchor, but it is not
an impossible goal.
This idea promulgated by the old maverick and
his legion of fans, that the “Malays” cannot accept Anwar Ibrahim or a
multi-racial based coalition, is factually wrong. By the old maverick’s
admission, it was apparent to everyone in 2008 and 2013 that a
broad-based coalition was capable of wounding a monolithic racial
Mahathir wonders why the “Malays” fear the DAP. Well, the
propaganda he spewed all these decades has come back to bite his
behind. Check out what Umno supreme council member Mohd Razlan Rafii,
says: “DAP wanting Mahathir as
prime minister for the third time is nothing more than a political show
to pull in the support of the Malays to ‘Pakatan Harapan Plus’."
to the foundation of this propaganda, the DAP is a stand-in for the
Chinese community, hence what we are witness to, according to the PN
regime, is that this fight between Mahathir and Anwar, with the DAP
“siding” with the old maverick, is really about a Chinese tsunami aided
by power crazy Malays.
in the DAP seems to be able to get a handle on how to spin this fiasco
without doing damage to Harapan, but more importantly, to the DAP.
Anthony Loke’s (above) interview was a complete disaster - except to die-hard partisans - that is.
interview managed to throw Anwar and PKR under the bus, shoot Harapan
in the foot and play into the hands of PN by furthering narratives that
the DAP was aligning with Mahathir for protection against the PN
The mechanism in place for a Mahathir-led Harapan says
more about the untenable nature of this option, rather than allaying
the fears of supporters. So that is the mechanism, Anthony? Harapan Plus
will self-destruct if Mahathir does not hand over power to Anwar? You
do understand that this is exactly what the Sheraton Move was, right?
canary in the coalmine is, of course, the DAP’s Ronnie Liu, whose
pungent commentary of this sordid mess says more of what the DAP used to
be than what it has morphed into. Now, Anwar is meeting with leaders
from “other” blocs and some people are going ape manure.
Well, that source from that Malaysiakini
news report was correct when he said: “He (Anwar) did lament a little
about how his actions are being questioned by people but no one is
the old maverick gets to meet (the current prime minister, Hadi Awang
and an assorted riff-raff of the political mainstream even it was before
the coup) and do anything he wants, the Harapan base has never extended
the same pragmatic standards to Anwar (above), who has always
been vilified for doing things that the old maverick does with impunity.
Refer to the old maverick’s recent commentary on the current prime
minister and Azmin Ali and you would realise the incestuous nature of
the cabal that brought down Harapan.
People say that Anwar does
not have the numbers. The DAP, Amanah and whoever else make up Harapan
are supposed to be his numbers. If Mahathir and the MPs, who are the
smaller group, do not want to join with the majority - who are supposed
to be showing support for Anwar - then so be it.
I am not saying
do not work with imperfect allies. I am just saying do not bend over by
giving political pirates the power over you. By not firmly stating that
Mahathir had his chance and now, Harapan has to give Anwar a chance.
What the DAP and Amanah are doing is furthering the narrative that Anwar
does not have the numbers when the reality is that they are being held
hostage by a cabal of political pirates and playing into the narratives
of the PN regime.
We have already witnessed what happens when a
minority party like Bersatu is in power with the spineless cretins who
promised Malaysians a new Malaysia. Look at the arrogance of some people when they were in power.
Lim Guan Eng (photo)
picked a fight with the MCA over the TAR UC funding and saying "your
time is up, your time is over”. Instead of expanding state funds for
non-Malay institutions to equitable levels, he attempted to destroy the
MCA because the political mob can only have one running canine.
All this was happening when PKR political operatives told bald-faced
lies and denied that there were fissures within PKR, claiming that such
fissures were the imagination of the press. Now at least, we have PKR
political operatives saying that it is better to be a “good” opposition
than being part of a Mahathir-led circus. This is something that any
rational person should be able to get behind.
Let the PN
government demonstrate how a Malay uber alles government handles race
relations, the economy and the vagaries of a post-pandemic world. Let
the world see how an “Islamic” government operates in a multi-racial
After all, it was the old maverick who bemoaned the fact
that Islam was under siege and the West did not want an Islamic
government to function, right?
"Islam is now a universal enemy of
many people in the west. They don't want to see a country achieving
development success under Muslim leadership, and will thus keep
condemning the Malaysian government," claimed Mahathir.
As it is, all Harapan is doing is giving substance to Mahathir's propaganda.