‘Dr M re-playing Malay emotions for political power’

11-Jan-2018 Intellasia | New Straits Times | 6:00 AM Print This Post

After decades of using “Malay sentiment” for political gain, an analyst believes that Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad is re-playing the same emotion to fulfil his personal agenda. Political pundit Dr Zainal Kling said he believed that Pakatan Harapan was using Dr Mahathir as a temporary image to appease Malay electorate. This, he claimed, is the opposition’s way of manipulating the mind of the public to gain political power. “He definitely has mellowed a bit from his ultra-Malay days, but has now become the ‘manipulative Mahathir’. He is not a good choice. Dr Mahathir is an autocratic person. “He keeps changing his mind and this includes on people he likes. He did this all the time. How many times has he changed his line of argument when the time comes to make a decision? “Dr Mahathir is not someone we can rely on. You can’t hold on to his promises because he always speaks with a forked-tongue,” he said when contacted. In the past, Dr Mahathir was used to be called an ultra-Malay for his anti non-Malay stance with some segments claiming that he had played the racial card to be accepted by Malays in Umno. During the Pakatan convention on Sunday, Dr Mahathir was named as its prime ministerial candidate, and PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azisah Wan Ismail was nominated as his deputy, if the opposition came to power. Pakatan secretary-general Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah had said under an agreement among opposition allies, Dr Mahathir must give way to jailed de facto Pakatan leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to take over as soon as the new government obtained a royal pardon for him.



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