Tuesday, January 9, 2018
When Pakatan has to eat back its own words
Salleh Said Keruak
The opposition has always maintained that if it ever forms the new government the first thing they would do is to make Tun Dr Mahathir pay for his crimes. Since 1998 the opposition has always claimed it has enough evidence to force Mahathir to face trial for the alleged wrongdoings he committed in his 22 years as Prime Minister.
The battle-cry of the opposition since 20 years ago is that Malaysia needs to be saved and this can only happen if Mahathir is ousted from power. Mahathir was identified as the cause of the rot and unless the cause can be eliminated then the rot can never be removed. People were united against Mahathir and not united under Mahathir, as the impression that is currently being created.
People rallied behind Anwar Ibrahim because he was perceived as the victim and Mahathir as the aggressor. And the reason he became the victim, said Anwar, is because he is opposed to Mahathir’s abuse of power and exposed his wrongdoings. Today, Malaysians are being told a totally different story and opposite to what they had been told these last 20 years. How does Pakatan explain and justify this other than saying the only important thing is to oust the Prime Minister and it does not matter how it is done?