KUALA LUMPUR: Musa Hitam was the best prime minister that Malaysia never had, according to DAP veteran Lim Kit Siang.
The former opposition leader agreed to the suggestion when asked by a member of the audience during a question-and-answer session at the launch of his biography, “Lim Kit Siang: Malaysian First” by Kee Thuan Chye.
“There is no doubt about that,” the Iskandar Puteri MP excitedly answered, gesturing to Musa.
While Lim did not elaborate further and Musa declined to offer a comment, Lim’s fellow panellist Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman said the pair’s relationship was a symbol of the kind of political environment the country should be striving towards.
“I’m pretty sure they were at each other’s throats when they were younger. If you read many of Kit Siang’s books it was fairly obvious,” the Muar MP and Muda president said.
“But in the end, their shared vision to build Malaysia as a developed and dignified country was similar. Now, they can sit with one another, eating food, chilling. This is the kind of political atmosphere that we should really focus on.”
Musa served under the Dr Mahathir Mohamad administration from 1981-1986, but retired after being on the wrong side of the Umno leadership crisis in 1987. He was aligned with Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah’s Team B, which lost to Mahathir’s Team A in that year’s party election.
Tengku Razaleigh went on to form Semangat 46, but Musa never returned to politics and pivoted to the corporate world.
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