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What voters will do if DAP works with Umno

Why can DAP now apparently turn a blind eye to Umno's excesses if it bashed the party endlessly for corruption, cronyism and nepotism?

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With the mad scramble going on to fill the prized chief executive post of the Silver State, some politicians are willing to sacrifice their principles which they had stood by for decades. Citing “public interests”, which in hindsight was never their concern in the first place, they chose to prostitute integrity for lust for power and positions. Even among thieves, there’s honour!

Perak DAP chairman Nga Kor Ming has openly welcomed the prospect of working with Umno to form a government. Wasn’t Umno DAP’s Enemy No. 1 for decades?

Didn’t DAP bash Umno endlessly for corruption, cronyism and nepotism? What was asking the public to take to the streets over the years for if not to protect and defend the Federal Constitution and pluralism which Umno had forsaken due to expediency?

Why was the 1MDB-tainted Najib Razak the most villified man by DAP during the last general election, if not ever?

So, now DAP can turn a blind eye to Umno’s excesses? If Umno has turned over a new leaf, why is DAP still attacking it, whether for racist or corrupt streaks? Isn’t DAP supremo Lim Kit Siang still sending out reams of media statements each week attacking Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and party adviser Najib?

Or is it because Nga is still drunk on the power that he tasted for about 20 months as deputy speaker of the Dewan Rakyat? Were all the perks and privileges that came with power so intoxicating for Nga that he could sacrifice his and the party’s ideals to get back into power?

The thing is, Nga is not the only one in DAP who harbours dreams of going back to the hallowed halls of power. Going by news reports, there are quarters in DAP whose lust overpowers their principles.

Using Perak, they are hoping to create a domino effect that culminates in a tectonic shift in power in Putrajaya. With 42 MPs, including some facing criminal charges, they want to topple the Muhyiddin administration, even if this means working with Umno, or God forbid, PAS.

When Anwar Ibrahim announced in September that he had secured enough MPs to form the next government, DAP knew the bloc included Umno lawmakers, including disgraced ones, dubbed “kluster mahkamah” (court cluster, or those facing criminal charges).

DAP did not distance itself from such insinuations. Its deafening silence then spoke volumes about where the party stood.

When it came to Perak, at least, DAP was more forthright in embracing Umno, even if that meant making the duo strange bedfellows, unlike DAP’s “fling” with PAS during the Barisan Alternatif and Pakatan Rakyat days.

Even if DAP’s plans to join forces with Umno in Perak fall through, the dent to its public image is bad enough. But if they do work together in the state to form the new Perak government, or even one in Putrajaya, rest assured we the voters can’t wait till the next general election to teach this party a lesson it will never forget!

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