Letter to editor
I DISAGREE with those who see the landslide PAS victory in the Kemaman by-election as a sign that the green wave produced by the 15th General Election (GE15) has not subsided.
The landslide victory for PAS in Kemaman would have been the coup de grace for Prime Minister (PM) Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s unity government if Perikatan Nasional (PN) had captured Selangor or Negri Sembilan during the six states polls on Aug 12 but the green wave failed to do so as it had reached it maximum mark.
Although the green wave is still a factor to be reckoned with, it is now in tatters. The Siti Mastura fiasco has shown the Achilles Heel of the green wave – that it is built on lies, falsehoods, fake news and hate speech.
No PAS leader – not even Datuk Seri Ahmad Samsuri Mokhtar, the winner of the Kemaman by-election and the PAS PM-designate – has condemned Dr Siti Mastura Mohamad who is the PAS MP for Kepala Batas for her lies and hate speech for condemning her would be tantamount to condemning PAS president Tan Sri Hadi Awang who had done the same thing.
This is also the reason the Bersatu supreme council member Datuk Seri Mohd Redzuan Md Yusuf could not create waves when he predicted that 10 government MPs will switch their support to PN.
But what is surprising is the prediction of the former premier of the 22-month Pakatan Harapan (PH) government that UMNO will be wiped out in the 16th General Election unless it separates from DAP.
Clearly, the former PM’s views are not shared by even his Cabinet colleagues like Tun Daim Zainuddin.
UMNO’s salvation is not to turn its back to Malaysia’s multi-ethnic and multi-cultural character but to return to the original nation-building principles of the first three PMs of Malaysia who were also UMNO presidents. – Dec 4, 2023
Tan Sri Lim Kit Siang
The views expressed are solely of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Focus Malaysia.