TTDI – Few things politics are worth blogging about these days. Zaid Ibrahim’s “weird decision” to join the DAP, a party all Umno members (even ex-members) see as racist and anti-Malay, is certainly one of them.
Not that I think the event is going to change either Zaid or the DAP. It merely reaffirms my belief that Malaysian politicians have actually proved, beyond reasonable doubts, that there are no permanent friends nor foes when it comes to their profession.
Lim Kit Siang and Dr Mahathir Mohamad at the same press conference – one to receive Zaid as DAP member and the other to congratulate him for the “weird decision” – you can’t do better than that!
After kissing the frog into a prince, both Old Men could not help but poke fun at Zaid’s very colourful past of hopping from one party to another: Kit Siang hoping that Zaid will be a team player and not a prima donna and Mahathir hoping that Zaid stays a little bit longer in DAP.
You can almost hear them giggling behind Zaid.
I think I know how little they believe in the hopes that they have expressed!
But if Zaid lasts with the DAP until the next General Election, I would like to see him go back to Hulu Selangor and take on YB P. Kamalanathan, the BN new kid on the block who had sent him (Zaid was a PKR hotshot then) into political wilderness with his emphatic victory in the by-election of 2010.
There in Hulu Selangor, Zaid can bury the biggest ghost of his past for good.
And I rate his chances against Kamalanathan better now than 7 years ago. He’s got both Mahathir and former DPM Muhyiddin Yassin on his side now, for a start. Back then, the two big men were with Umno and BN. But like Zaid, they have also “leapfrogged” out of the ruling coalition and now seek to bury their old party.