KUALA LUMPUR, July 17: DAP veteran Lim Kit Siang claimed that the Pakatan Harapan’s new line-up has caused panic among Barisan Nasional (BN) leaders.
“It was panic stations for UMNO/BN leaders, propagandists and cybertroopers for the last three days.
“They (BN) just did not believe that it was possible for Pakatan Harapan leaders to resolve their differences and for the Pakatan Harapan Presidential Council to conclude its Thursday night meeting fruitfully and productively,” Lim said said in a blog post today.
In a press conference last Thursday, Pakatan Harapan announced its new leadership line-up led by PPBM chairman Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad as its chairman, PKR’s Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim as the de facto leader and PKR\’s Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail as president.
Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin of PPBM, Lim Guan Eng (DAP) and Mohamad Sabu (Amanah) have been named as deputy presidents.
“UMNO/BN leaders, propagandists and cybertroopers never believed that a reconciliation between Mahathir and Anwar Ibrahim was at all possible!
“This was why in the initial panic responses, UMNO/BN leaders and propagandists forgot their false but carefully contrived “black ops” demonization campaign of lies, fake news and concocted stories to picture DAP has the evil force dominating and running the Pakatan Harapan with me as the “dictator of dictators”,” Lim said.
“The Minister for Communications and Multimedia, Datuk Seri Salleh Said Keruak, was so shocked that he shot off an immediate statement demanding an explanation for the absence of the DAP leaders in the top three positions in the Pakatan Harapan, asking whether the DAP had been sidelined.
“How can the DAP be sidelined, when according to the “black ops” propaganda campaign of the UMNO/BN leaders, propagandists and cybertroopers for the past few years, the DAP was the mastermind of every action and step among the Opposition parties – presumably including every action taken by PAS leaders when PAS was in Pakatan Rakyat before the PAS President, Datuk Seri Hadi Awang buried Pakatan Rakyat at the June 2015 PAS Muktamar? asked Lim.
Lim also assured that the DAP is not sidelined in Pakatan Harapan, saying that no single political party can decide and dictate the Pakatan Harapan’s polices and manifestos.
“Pakatan Harapan is doomed to failure when it is in fact the greatest challenge to Malaysians to elect a new Federal Government in Putrajaya to re-set national policies and directions.
“But the palpable fear that the days of UMNO/BN coalition in Putrajaya are numbered are evident from the reactions of UMNO leaders, whether the Prime Minister (Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak), the Deputy Prime Minister or in particular the Communications and Multimedia Minister.
“Something is very wrong when Najib had to go to Sembrong to ensure that his cousin and whom Najib clearly prefers to be his successor as Prime Minister. Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein, could retain his parliamentary seat!
“Datuk Seri Zahid Hamidi should realise by now that his infamous comparison of the Pakatan Harapan leadership line-up as “three captains with different route maps” makes no sense whatsoever on serious reflection,” said Lim.
Lim also claimed that Pakatan Harapan’s news line up has upset Najib.
“I believe Najib has not completely given up the option of holding the 14GE this year, but the new Pakatan Harapan structure, logo and leadership line-up have upset Najib’s plans for the 14GE, as Malaysian voters can hope again that it is possible to end UMNO/BN federal rule in the next general election.
“Najib is now in the classic Hamlet role in Shakespeare’s plays – to be or not to be, to call or not to call general election this year.
“The window for Najib to decide whether to hold 14GE this year is closing in the next few weeks, in the midst of a new development which is causing panic among UMNO/BN leaders and propagandists because there is a new air in Malaysian politics – that Malaysian voters can again hope and work for political change in Putrajaya in the 14GE,” Lim said.