KUALA LUMPUR: DAP veteran leader Lim Kit Siang’s past actions show that DAP is the de facto leader of the opposition, says Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak.
With the majority seats that DAP had compared to the others in the opposition pact, Salleh said DAP dictated what happened.
“The so-called partnership with PPBM is merely to give Pakatan a Malay face to present to the Malay voters. Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad is merely a front to win Malay votes and is being presented as the so-called leader of the opposition but who has no power to decide what happens even on matters such as seats.
“DAP has always called the shots and decides what happens,” he said in a post on his blog.
Earlier, Salleh, who is also UMNO treasurer, said that in 1990, it was DAP that decided to enter into an opposition alliance with Semangat 46 but not with PAS.
“In 1999, it was again DAP that decided to enter into an opposition alliance with PAS but in 2001 DAP divorced from the alliance and went solo.
“Then came the 2008 general election when DAP once again announced the formation of Pakatan Rakyat and after the 2013 general election announced that Pakatan Rakyat no longer existed.
“Even though they are supposed to work on the basis of consensus, all the decisions and announcements were made by Kit Siang and not by any of the other coalition leaders,” he added.
Salleh said since 1990 until now, Kit Siang had demonstrated that DAP called the shots and they decided what happened even though they claimed everyone in the opposition coalition were equal partners.
“However, Kit Siang’s actions over the last 30 years or so have shown that only what DAP wants matters and if anyone does not follow what DAP wants, they will get kicked out,” he said.