Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Is black the ‘new’ Bersatu colour for Mahathir and co. to survive?

  Malaysian Mirror       Tuesday, June 30, 2020
The Bersatu logo has turned black as a sign of protest against its current acting chairman and president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and his camp who have sacked Tun Mahathir and his followers out of the party. The High Court on 18 June 2020 rejected the former Bersatu chairman’s injunction to retain his membership and position in the party, despite the suit filed by his lawyer against Muhyiddin Yassin and six other members. Also affected by the High Court’s decision are Dato’ Seri Mukhriz Mahathir, Datuk Marzuki Yahya, Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman, Dr. Maszlee Malik, and Datuk Amiruddin Hamzah. As a sign of retaliation and calling for ‘support’ from supporters, Syed Saddiq came first to post a black-coloured flag of Bersatu on his social media account, followed by others. This move could be a sign of retaliation that went further to the “blackout” campaign by their followers.

Well, black does not literally suit Tun Mahathir, as it was the colour that symbolizes his abuse and mistreatment of his former deputy prime minister Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim a few decades ago. Has he forgotten about that? Reformists who had walked the grounds for the PKR president will never forget this, in fact they have been the ones calling Anwar Ibrahim to stop collaborating with Tun Mahathir for good for the sake of the coalition and people.

Though Tun Mahathir has been ‘campaigning’ to clear DAP’s negative image among Malays, it does not conceal the fact that he is still trying to ‘eliminate’ the opposition leader from his wish list. His DAP loyalists such as Anthony Loke and Lew Chin Tong have been making compelling statements against PKR on the PM candidate issue by disregarding the deed that Anwar Ibrahim did for them when they had problems in the past. Attempting to push Anwar Ibrahim and PKR to the edge to agree on the selection of Tun Mahathir as prime minister, these DAP leaders have seemed to have forgotten that other DAP leaders, such as Ronnie Liu, have been against the idea for long. Thus, Tun Mahathir must realize that respect is all he could get from DAP and by just hyping about how good DAP is will never make him loved by the Malays, and worse, by the general crowd who have been responding negatively toward him. How long can he swallow the denial that he is no longer wanted by the people?  

By : Adilah Jaffar

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