Battered from without and now from within.
As if BN's insidious fabrications against him via his son and then his wife and so on so forth weren't rotten enough, Guan Eng has just been stabbed by a musuh dalam selimut Pakatan.
Tape recordings macam the Korrect Korrect Korrect episode have emerged on the web to tell a tale of how Lim's political ally, PKR in Penang, views him and his leadership. 'Twas not so much their opinions per se that matter but more about the inevitable damage those opinions allowed in the public arena would wreck to Lim's and consequentially DAP's disadvantage.
Loose lips sink ships, or in this case, (the potential to sink) the Rocket spaceship. As they say, 'perception' matters in politics and whether there's any truth in PKR Mansor Othman's vocalised opinion of Lim GE, doesn't matter a bloody fig. Each and everyone of his enemies, from those in MCA to pro-UMNO & ultra anti-Lim GE bloggers (wakakaka), and even those in PKR, will have a field day dissecting, pseudo-analysing and writing ugly dissertations on Lim Guan Eng's political leadership.
With friends like PKR, DAP sure as hell doesn't need enemies.
Now, much as it may sound strange, I personally opine the hand that has plunged the assassin stiletto into Lim's back (or side, wakakaka) is not that of Mansor Othman, though he naively lent his hand to the assassin for the backstabbing job.
Othman must have believed an internal PKR meeting to assure the Tian Chua's (Chinese) faction in PKR they won't be sold out would have been conducted in confidentiality, and that a wee informal bad-mouthing might placate those worried cult members of the Heavenly Snake* faction of PKR. I have personally witnessed such so-called confidential meetings where the chair would with reckless bravado or lack of discretion let loose on rumours - I suppose we Malaysians just love to gossip on whatever, regardless of the truth. We usually forget the consequences.
* Tian Chua in Penang Hokkien sound like Heavenly Snake wakakaka
The truth is that PKR (if we leave out the PRM component) has been KeADILan has been UMNO. It undeniably possesses UMNO genes and characteristics but it claims to be multi-racial, a claim somewhat discredited by Anwar Ibrahim's poor treatment of many of its erstwhile Indian members who left in droves - now, if they hadn't, would Azmin Ali have a chance of becoming party deputy president and eventually party president?
So while the ex-UMNO members represent the core of PKR and dominate party policies and decision making, and precisely because of all these, the nons want so desperately to demonstrate their relevance in the party.
And, hey hey hey, there's the PKR Chinese faction, with its unspoken faction leadership reputed to have been assumed by Tian Chua.
Tian Chua is of course not his birth/legal name, which is Chua Tian Chang. It's obvious he has clung on to his Aussie-given name.
Western nations have this (culturally) bad habit of westernising Chinese names by relegating the Chinese surname to being the last name (where the western surname stands), thus Chua Tian Chang became Tian Chang Chua, and under the Western-Christian naming concept, which has First name (Personal or as Malaysians know it, Christian name), then Middle name, and finally Last name (or Surname), Tian was believed to be his 'First' name, thus Tian Chua, not unlike Elvis Presley from Elvis (1st name) Aaron (Middle name) Presley (last name) wakakaka.
Hmmm, I wonder what his parents or siblings call him? Probably Chai or Chang.
For more of Australian (western) mangling of Chinese names, please read my post What's in a name! wakakaka.
|What;s in a name? That which we call a rose|
By any name would smell as sweet
- Shakespeare, Romeo & Juliet (II, ii, 1-2)
And I wonder what role/status former MCA man Chua Jui Meng has in PKR, and what threat he poses to the current leadership of Tian Chua? But sorry, this have to be another story.
Anyway, long before the current 'Lim GE is an arrogant and cocky tokong' brouhaha, courtesy of PKR's Mansor Othman wakakaka, Tian Chua had been well aware that his Heavenly Snake faction in PKR might not have a role at all, or at best only a token one, if Anwar Ibrahim were to see DAP as the Pakatan component to be given responsibility for Chinese and Indian majority constituencies.
Thus, prior to 2008, in order to prevent such a terrifying Pakatan status quo from setting in to the disadvantage of the Heavenly Snake faction, he and/or his cohorts had the treacherous habit of making pre-emptive strikes against DAP in seat allocations, by making unilateral media announcements of seat allocations for Pakatan (not PKR) which strangely, if you believe in coincidences wakakaka, usually favoured PKR.
Of course those 'unilateral' announcements meant that DAP leaders would, after reading the morning news, invariably exclaim 'WTF!' wakakaka.
Alas, despite all its pre-emptive strikes, the general success (or lack of) by PKR in elections has been noticeably inferior to DAP , especially in Sarawak, and coupled with the avalanche-like dominance of DAP in Penang DUN, have dampened their (Chinese) members' confidence severely, thus it was hardly surprising these PKR members in Penang desperately sought Mansor Othman's assurances that he would not relinquish any of PKR's seats allocated in 2008, even the ones they lost, to DAP.
The only black mark on Mansor in his tête-à-tête with his PKR colleagues has been his unwarranted remarks that:
They (the DAP) are sure of winning 19 (seats) and they want more. Because with two more (seats) they can form their own government and they can take from us (PKR reps) to be on their side and (then) abandon us (PKR).
Stupid, isn't it? Would Lim have done that and soured DAP's relationship with PKR at federal level or in Selangor and Perak?
But I suppose once Mansor allowed his mouth to babble away like the local village gossip-monger about the DAP, just to mollify and assure his party Chinese members he won't sell them down the river, he couldn't stop the momentum of the shit pouring out, alas, all without the moderating effect of conscious political prudence.
Obviously someone very very very unhappy in PKR has not only taped what Mansor said, but has released that recording in the public domain.
Lastly, we note that while the Malaysian media have reported such a controversial piece of news, of Mansor Othman and his private but naughty remarks against Lim Guan Eng, Free Malaysia Today has been significantly silent wakakaka. Buat ta'tahu eh?