Dr Ma­hathir and An­war Ibrahim are just front­men who have no say be­cause they are not MPs, says Salleh

New Straits Times - - News - SYED UMAR ARIFF

DAP is us­ing Parti Pribumi Ber­satu Malaysia (PPBM) chair­man Tun Dr Ma­hathir Mo­hamad and PKR de facto leader Datuk Seri An­war Ibrahim as “props” to cre­ate an “Ali Baba” sit­u­a­tion to woo Malay vot­ers, says a se­nior Umno leader.

Umno trea­surer Datuk Seri Salleh Said Keruak said DAP ad­viser Lim Kit Siang was very much in con­trol of the Pakatan Hara­pan op­po­si­tion pact, de­spite at­tempts to cre­ate the per­cep­tion that it was a Malay-led coali­tion.

“The per­cep­tion the op­po­si­tion is try­ing to cre­ate is that Pakatan Hara­pan is a Malay-led coali­tion and not a DAP-led coali­tion.

“This, how­ever, has been proved to be a fal­lacy as it is ap­par­ent that Lim is very much in con­trol of Pakatan Hara­pan and dic­tates what hap­pens.

“Many now re­alise that both Dr Ma­hathir and An­war are mere props and, like most Malays in DAP, are be­ing used as mas­cots to at­tract Malay vot­ers when, in fact, they have no say in Pakatan Hara­pan since nei­ther are mem­bers of par­lia­ment,” Salleh said in a blog post­ing yes­ter­day.

Salleh’s com­ments comes on the heels of the on­go­ing de­bate on who would be Pakatan Hara­pan’s can­di­date for prime min­is­ter.

Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Razak had on Satur­day la­belled the op­po­si­tion an “Ali Baba pact” for its in­de­ci­sive­ness in nam­ing a can­di­date for prime min­is­ter should it win the 14th Gen­eral Elec­tion.

He said the op­po­si­tion had in­stead only agreed on a deputy prime min­is­ter-des­ig­nate with­out any hint or con­sen­sus for the No. 1 post.

Na­jib added it was even “weirder” that the op­po­si­tion’s can­di­date for deputy prime min­is­ter would be the one de­cid­ing who would be the prime min­is­ter.

On Feb 11, Na­jib tweeted that DAP should ad­mit Lim was Pakatan Hara­pan’s de facto leader, as his party had the most par­lia­men­tary seats in the op­po­si­tion fold.

“Lim Kit Siang is Pakatan’s de facto leader. DAP should stop try­ing to hide it.

“Vot­ers know DAP has most Op­po­si­tion seats & LKS calls the shots,” Na­jib had tweeted.

Salleh said: “Ba­si­cally, as Na­jib, who saw through this cha­rade, said to­day (as pub­lished in the me­dia), Dr Ma­hathir and An­war had cre­ated the per­fect Ali Baba sit­u­a­tion for DAP to hide be­hind.

“DAP knows that on its own, it can­not woo Malay vot­ers, so they need Dr Ma­hathir and An­war to do that.”

In con­trast, Salleh said Barisan Na­sional and Umno would never de­ceive vot­ers or re­sort to com­mit­ting about-turns for po­lit­i­cal ex­pe­di­ency.

“The Umno-led Barisan Na­sional does not op­er­ate this way and would never re­sort to trick­ery to de­ceive vot­ers, be­cause we work trans­par­ently and with mu­tual re­spect for one another within the coali­tion,” he said.

“We also do not make U-turns just to suit the po­lit­i­cal needs of cer­tain in­di­vid­u­als at the ex­pense of the party or the coali­tion like what op­po­si­tion lead­ers do.”

Datuk Seri Salleh Said Keruak

Lim Kit Siang

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