KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 10 ― There has been no “silent agreement” among the Opposition that former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad is their de facto leader, DAP's Gobind Singh Deo today.
In dismissing the claim made by Datuk Zaid Ibrahim, who just joined DAP earlier this week, Gobind said that such a matter was never discussed in the DAP leadership previously.
“I find it strange that Zaid has chosen to make such an announcement as a DAP member without first consulting the party leadership. He should know better,” Gobind, who is a DAP central executive committee member, said in a statement to Malay Mail Online.
Zaid, a former de facto law minister, made the claim in an interview with Malay Mail Online a day after announcing that he was joining the DAP.
Zaid has an independent way of saying what strikes him as appropriate. Sometimes he has been right, but sometimes he has been wrong. But I believe he's always sincere.
If it were Lim Kit Siang he might have allowed Zaid to get away with his claim that Mahathir is the de facto leader of the opposition, but not so with the sons of Karpal Singh.
Gobind's brother Ramkarpal has often expressed his concerns about DAP flirting with a man the party once detested.
Ramkarpal and his sister Sangeet Kaur have pointed out that the DAP does NOT share the values of Mahathir which seems to be more about cronyism, elitism and a humongous grudge (a chip on his shoulders) against the Chinese and nons.
Good on you Gobind. Better luck next time Zaid, wakakaka.