PETALING JAYA— Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad today expressed hope that Datuk Zaid Ibrahim’s membership with DAP would last longer than his stint with other Opposition parties.
Speaking at Zaid’s announcement that he is joining the predominantly Chinese outfit, the former prime minister said the culture of party hopping must be eradicated and replaced with loyalty, a crucial quality needed for any political party to succeed.
“I hope he will stay in DAP a little bit longer,” Dr Mahathir said jokingly at a packed press conference held at Zaid’s residence here.
“The problem is in this country, we have a race of frogs. These frogs, they like to hop here, hop there.
“When I try to catch one, they’ve already hopped somewhere else. I think we need to eradicate this culture,” he added.
Zaid first joined Umno, then PKR, and then formed his own party called Parti Kesejahteraan Insan Tanah Air (Kita), but later stepped down as Kita president in 2012.
MEANWHILE, according to the Star, former minister Datuk Zaid Ibrahim has officially joined the DAP.
Zaid said he chose the opposition party as he believes he will be able to reach out to Malay voters.
The announcement was made at his home in Tropicana Golf Resort on Tuesday.
Also present at the press conference were DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang and Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia chairman Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
Appointed as a minister in March 2008, Zaid resigned from the Cabinet six months later following his criticism of the then Internal Security Act being used against DAP’s Seputeh MP Teresa Kok, journalist Tan Hoon Chen, and blogger Raja Petra Kamaruddin.
He was suspended by Umno later that year and joined PKR in June 2009.
However, Zaid had a fall-out with the PKR leadership and formed Parti Kesejahteraan Insan Tanah Air in December 2010, where he eventually resigned as president due to internal squabbling.
MALAY MAIL / ANN