Posted: 2:33 pm, March 14, 2017 by editor
KUALA LUMPUR, Mar 14: DAP veteran Lim Kit Siang today defended his relationship with Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad saying that the latter is not his “stooge” and he is not the former prime minister’s “puppet”.
“Umno accuses Tun Dr Mahathir of being my stooge while MCA/Gerakan accuses me of being Mahathir’s puppet.
“Can Umno/Barisan Nasional make up their mind as to who is whose stooge and puppet?” he asked.
“Tun Dr Mahathir is over 91 years ago and had been Prime Minister of Malaysia for over 22 years. Why should be he become my stooge, and how have I suddenly become so powerful as to become the “king-maker” in Malaysian politics, directing the actions and thoughts of former Prime Minister Mahathir, former Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, and other political leaders including Opposition Leader and PKR President Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail and Amanah President, Mat Sabu?” he asked further in a statement.
Lim, 76, said that he dedicated 51 years of his life involving actively in Malaysian politics because of his “love for Malaysia to ensure that the country can become a model prosperous and democratic plural nation for the world”.
“I have been twice detained under the Internal Security, hauled to court countless times on trumped-up charges, my son Lim Guan Eng had been detained under the ISA and gone to jail and lost his position as Member of Parliament to defend an underaged Malay girl. Why should I become a puppet of Mahathir?
“Both Mahathir and I have strong views and opinions. Mahathir is not my stooge and I am not his puppet. We co-operate as patriotic Malaysians who feel that we have to work together to Save Malaysia from becoming a global kleptocracy and hurtling towards a failed and rogue state,” he said.
Lim, who is Gelang Patah MP, said that the present batch of Umno/BN leaders do not understand that in politics, there are roles apart from being a stooge or a puppet.
“Umno/BN leaders, propagandists and cybertroopers are now drowned in a sea of lies, falsehoods about DAP leaders, but there seems to be a change of tactics,” he added.
(The Malaysian Times)