Lim Kit Siang has pledged support for Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to remain as Parliamentary Opposition Leader and Pakatan Rakyat’s (PR) choice for prime minister even if the number of PKR representatives falls below that of the DAP.
This watershed stand by the DAP should be significantly reassuring to PKR at a time when the latter party is experiencing strife within its ranks.
There has been a strong perception in Malaysian political circles that PKR had been reluctant to bring its errant boys back into line or expel them for indiscipline because the party fears that by losing any of its 31 MPs (or rather just 30 because Dr Jeya of PSM won the last general election on a PKR ticket) it may lose its majority position in Pakatan (to DAP’s 28 MPs), and thus the position of opposition leader and that of the alternative PM of Malaysia.
It would not be incorrect to say that Lim also realizes that Malaysia and its heartland is not quite ready to accept a non-Malay
* thanks for pointing out my error, PeterP and great quote
But of course it’s not all merely strategic thinking, because prior to the March 2008 general election, when Anwar Ibrahim was only adored within his own party, Lim Kit Siang had been the man who frequently went out of his way to bring Anwar into the DAP’s strategic planning circle. Many were the DAP party talks that Anwar attended as a close confidante and accepted ally of Lim.
Lim Kit Siang has resoundingly and consistently demonstrated his statesmanship.
Truly a Malaysian of impeccable political calibre.