If Zahid Hamidi listens to Lim Kit Siang’s unsolicited advice on “How to be a good Opposition Leader”, I’m afraid it might take BN 50 years instead of five to take back Putrajaya. BN does not have such luxury. Kit Siang was lucky, he had all the time in the world. The DAP stalwart was Opposition leader for a record three times, spanning 30 years. Including a 24-year uninterrupted stretch from 1975 to 1999, which must have been some kind of a world record or something.
Despite this long tenure, the Opposition made very little headway under Kit Siang. In fact, it became weak and it suffered many humiliations, especially during Mahathir Mohamad’s era (Prime Minister, 1981-2003). If Kit Siang had been a good Opposition leader, the voters would have kept him. Instead, at the 1999 polls, they showed him the door. Lim led the Opposition for the last time from 2004 to 2008 and had better luck in the 12th general election, but only because he and the Opposition had help from Dr Mahathir, who was going after Pak Lah, the Prime Minister then.
If Kit Siang had been a good Opposition leader, we the people wouldn’t be paying through our noses for our highways today. And Mahathir would not get to create the IPPs for his cronies. And Penangites would still be taking the ferry to go to the mainland. Just to mention a few.
No, Zahid will be better off creating his own brand as Opposition Leader. I hope he does not oppose just for the sake of opposing, which was what Kit Siang was all about. The Leader of the Opposition must provide check and balances, call a spade a spade, tamper the new Government’s over-eagerness with the realities on the ground. Put the people first, as Tony Fernandes would say, and everything would fall into place.
# Leader of the Opposition Political party Term of office Prime Minister Refs Took office Left office 1 Burhanuddin al-Helmy
MP for Besut
PMIP 1959 1964 Tunku Abdul Rahman 2 Tan Chee Khoon
MP for Batu
SF(LPM) 1964 1969 - Position vacant 1969 1971 Abdul Razak Hussein 3 Mohamed Asri Muda
MP for Pasir Puteh
PMIP 1971 1973 4 Lim Kit Siang
MP for Bandar Malacca
DAP 30 January 1973 31 July 1974  5 James Wong
MP for Miri-Lubis
SNAP 1974 1974 6 Edmund Langgu Saga
MP for Saratok
SNAP 4 November 1974 4 November 1975  (4) Lim Kit Siang
MP for Kota Melaka (1975-1978)
MP for Petaling (1978–1982)
MP for Kota Melaka (1982-1986)
MP for Tanjong (1986–1999)
DAP 4 November 1975 12 June 1978  Hussein Onn 31 July 1978 29 March 1982  Mahathir Mohamad 10 July 1982 19 July 1986  8 October 1986 4 October 1990  10 December 1990 6 April 1995  15 June 1995 10 November 1999  7 Fadzil Noor
MP for Pendang
PAS 20 December 1999 23 June 2002  8 Abdul Hadi Awang
MP for Marang
PAS 9 September 2002 4 March 2004  Abdullah Ahmad Badawi (4) Lim Kit Siang
MP for Ipoh Timor
DAP 19 May 2004 13 February 2008  9 Wan Azizah Wan Ismail
MP for Permatang Pauh
PKR 30 April 2008 28 August 2008  10 Anwar Ibrahim
MP for Permatang Pauh
PKR 28 August 2008 3 April 2013  Najib Razak 26 June 2013 16 March 2015  (9) Wan Azizah Wan Ismail
MP for Permatang Pauh
PH(PKR) 18 May 2015 10 May 2018  11 Najib Razak
MP for Pekan & Former Prime Minister of Malaysia
BN(UMNO) 10 May 2018 12 May 2018 Mahathir Mohamad  12 Ahmad Zahid Hamidi
MP for Bagan Datuk & Former Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia
BN(UMNO) 12 May 2018 Incumbent
Lim Kit Siang as opposition leader he opposed everything..The Plus Highway, Penang Bridge,KLIA, Putra Jaya, KLCC etc.ReplyDelete
"If Kit Siang had been a good Opposition leader, we the people wouldn’t be paying through our noses for our highways today. And Mahathir would not get to create the IPPs for his cronies. And Penangites would still be taking the ferry to go to the mainland. Just to mention a few."ReplyDelete
Latuk O Latuk O Latuk.
If the Opposition hadn't risked arrest or worse for exposing your pink-lipped idol's numerous crimes (paying for highways? We have 42 billion of 1MDB debt and only pink diamonds and soft porn films to show for it), where would Malaysia be, eh Latuk?
It's only hopeless sycophants like you who looked the other way when the atrocities were being done against Felda, TH, KWAP, KWSP and Khazanah, all of which are going to come out in painful detail.
At least some folks weren't napping, eh Latuk?
PS: I hear some MPs are donating their salaries to reduce the national debt.ReplyDelete
If you know any overpaid BN bloggers, Latuk, do suggest they do the same.
After all, they need to repent for their massive (and expensive) failure to make even the slightest dent in public opinion.
It's almost like a waste of public funds, you might say.
I guess paying for 284 luxury handbags wasn't the worst crime against taxpayers under the previous regime : )
Hahaha...good luck & all the best to Zahid & Hisham..pupus lah Umno, and museum will be a place for them. Really cannot see their capability to bring back Umno led BN to power. They can get trust from Umno people but certainly not from the majority of Malaysians. Umno will be more & more irrelevant.ReplyDelete
" he and the Opposition had help from Dr Mahathir, who was going after Pak Lah, the Prime Minister then."ReplyDelete
So were you
Pretty good home work on the statsReplyDelete
Balik balik Tony Fernandes.ReplyDelete
Tainted already la bro.
The federal police in India are hunting him down for alleged bribery and corruption:
Bro, can you quote someone cleaner or nobler? There are so many philosophers and other noble humans in the history of the world you could refer to.