Kit Siang maintains attack on Muhyiddin, unity talks
THE MALAYSIAN INSIDERBy Debra Chong
KUALA LUMPUR, June 20 — Senior DAP leader Lim Kit Siang today raised his scathing attacks on Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin’s push for the controversial unity government talks to another level.
Expanding on his earlier criticism of the deputy prime minister, Lim explained he was not opposed to the talks between Pakatan Rakyat (PR) partner PAS and rival party Umno but to the “purpose” behind the two Malay/ Muslim parties’ sit-down.
“I do not see any problem with talks but only with the purpose of the talks,” the DAP adviser said in press statement today.
He said Muhyiddin appeared to have a hidden purpose with his push for the Umno-PAS talks, stressing that the Umno No. 2 should know the near impossibility of having only one race make up the government at the national level in a multiracial country.
“Why then is the Deputy Prime Minister prepared to be so irresponsible to pay such a heavy price in political and nation-building costs?”, the Ipoh Timur MP questioned.
Lim said there could only be two reasons.
“Firstly, the top Umno leadership sees in the present political scenario a golden opportunity to divide PAS and split the Pakatan Rakyat,” he said.
The second reason, he added, was that Umno had not shaken off its arrogance within the ruling coalition, beating its non-Malay Barisan Nasional (BN) partners into submission.
Lim said that this episode only showed that any talks between either coalition were still “premature”.