IF you know that something is impossible but still go ahead and spin a yarn about it, what does that make you?
If you know that something is an untruth but still try and make political capital from it, what does that make you?
These are questions that Malaysian voters need to ponder and answer following the latest statement by MCA president Liow Tiong Lai. Today he said that the country would be in peril if DAP veteran Lim Kit Siang became the prime minister.
He said that Lim was an unprincipled politician who was good at sowing racial discord.
We should not be too concerned with Liow’s attempt to take down Lim. Politicians with mightier heft and definitely more brainpower have tried doing so through the ages. Lim has survived detention without trial. He will survive some name calling by the junior partner in the Barisan Nasional coalition.
What we should notice is Liow’s willingness to jump onto the Abdul Hadi Awang bandwagon and support the PAS president’s wild allegation that Lim wants to become prime minister of Malaysia.
There is no chance of any non-Muslim/non-Malay becoming the prime minister of Malaysia. It is the reality of politics in Malaysia and any political novice knows this fact of life.
The DAP knows and accepts this fact and that’s why it has not pushed for the senior most positions in Pakatan Harapan (PH) despite having the most settled political machinery of all the opposition parties.
Even the MCA knows and accepts this fact. That’s why it has not pushed Umno for more seats or more senior representations in government.
But Umno and PAS believe that if you push the idea of a DAP politician becoming the prime minister of Malaysia, then malay voters will not give their votes to the opposition.
So Umno politicians and their comrade in arms Hadi have been pushing the idea that Lim is interested in becoming the prime minister. If you have not noticed, Hadi dances to the Umno tune these days.
Now it seems that Liow is singing from the same script. In doing so, they have become collaborators in a lie.
But worse yet, he is happily taking part in a scheme that paints a Malaysian Chinese politician as a bogeyman of Malaysian politicians.
Because essentially that is what Umno and Hadi are saying when they attack DAP as a Chinese party and attempt to stoke fears by saying that Lim Kit Siang could become the prime minister of Malaysia.
They are playing to the Malay gallery and demonising a Malaysian Chinese for political gain.
Liow Tiong Lai is happily aiding them.
What does that make him?