Thanks to Zahid for latest proof of the toxic politics of lies, falsehoods, race and religion to incite fear, suspicion, distrust and hatred among Malaysians in the script of klepto-theocracy, even resorting to the most stupidest of lies and falsehoods

I thank the UMNO President, Datuk Seri Zahid Hamidi for providing the latest proof of the toxic politics of lies, falsehoods, race and religion to incite fear, suspicion, distrust and hatred among Malaysians in the script of klepto-theocracy, even resorting to the most stupidest of lies and falsehoods.

I must confess that I was taken aback by Zahid’s rejoinder to Bersatu Chairman Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad’s claim that UMNO practised a culture of becoming “dumb and dumber”, with Zahid’s assertion that Mahathir was being “fooled”: by the DAP.

Was Zahid suggesting that Mahathir was obeying a DAP directive when addressing 1,215 delegates of Bersatu’s Extraordinary Gneeral Meeting on Saturday, when Mahathir advised Bersatu to avoid being caught in a cycle of self-serving leaders who will prevent others with more capability to rise and succeed them as happened to UMNOI?

Was Zahid saying that Mahathir’s reason for UMNO’s eventual downfall when the people moved to reject self-serving leaders was the invention and creation of DAP, and that Mahathir did not have the IQ to think and analyse things on his own?

Mahathir had said: "In order to preserve his position, an Umno branch chief is not keen to allow others who are more capable to be members. The only ones who can join are those dumber than him.

"But one cannot live forever, so when this branch leader passes away, his successor will be even more stupid, until eventually the branch becomes a dumb branch."

Was Zahid saying that Mahathir was only parroting what DAP had told him about UMNO branches becoming “dumb and dumber”?

It is not my practice to respond to the lies and falsehoods which irresponsible and opportunistic proponents of klepto-theocracy have poured out against me, but I want in this instance to clarify that I have no knowledge whatsoever that UMNO leaders have become “dumb and dumber” over the years, and I concede that Mahathir have greater knowledge on this matter as he had been UMNO President for 21 years.

In fact, Mahathir has admitted that the rot had started since the time he helmed UMNO as its President, and sad to say, the best example of this process of the rot in the calibre of UMNO leadership is none other than Zahid himself, who could even say such a stupid thing as to attribute to DAP the origin of the analysis that UMNO leaders are becoming “dumb and dumber”.

As if to immortalise his position as the “dumb and dumbest” UMNO President in 73 years, Zahid has put these words in his FaceBook about Mahathir: “Elok sekiranya berpisah kongsi dengan DAP. Parti itu menjadikan PH sebagai boneka mereka. Saya kira eloklah beliau bermuhasabah & berusaha berhenti daripada diperbodohkan oleh DAP dlm Pakatannya sendiri.”

Zahid is providing a living example of UMNO leaders being “dumb and dumber” and unable to be wise in evaluating, patient and loyal in the political struggle.

Otherwise, how could the UMNO leaders allow Zahid to return from garden leave to resume the mantle of UMNO President, when he has made history in the Malaysian courthouse with a total of 87 criminal charges related to corruption?

Zahid has even beaten the former UMNO President and former Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak, who faced 42 criminal charges, and is singly responsible for bringing to Malaysia to the infamy, ignominy and iniquity of a global kleptocracy.

Zahid also beat the former Sabah Chief Minister, Datuk Seri Musa Aman who faced 51 charges and the former “First Lady” Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor with 20 criminal charges.

Zahid appears to be in good company as Najib is newly appointed as Adviser of Barisan Nasional, and nobody can say whether it is Zahid or “Bossku” who has the final say about the direction of Barisan Nasional and klepto-theocracy.

Has Zahid forgotten what he said when he announced taking garden leave as UMNO President seven months ago?

Zahid had referred to “punishing” conditions imposed on UMNO and the humiliation it suffered in a number of meetings he attended, where he not only faced rejection and insults, but even “humiliation, as if Umno was as unclean as the faeces of animals deemed haram”.

Were these UMNO indignities and humiliations a vindication of what Mahathir said about UMNO branch leaders become “dumb and dumber” or was Zahid parroting what DAP was telling him – as if DAP is not only directing Mahathir but also directing Zahid as the grand puppet-master in Malaysia?

In actual fact, whether UMNO Branch chiefs are getting “dumb and dumber” is no business of DAP and not within my ken.

But can Zahid explain why he is dragging DAP into the picture in this debate with Mahathir?

Is this because UMNO leaders have become “dumb and dumber” over the years?

The best evidence that UMNO leaders are getting “dumb and dumber” over the years is their continued silence – even now - on the 1MDB scandal - when the whole world had been condemning Malaysia for becoming a global kleptocracy as a result of the 1MDB scandal!

Would a leadership that is not becoming “dumb and dumber” showed no sense of remorse or contrition for the global kleptocracy of the 1MDB scandal, especially after the United States Department of Justice had filed a 250-page large kleptocratic forfeiture litigation for US$1.7 billion of over US$4.5 billion of 1MDB-linked assets?

Mahathir had led the campaign against Najib’s 1MDB scandal. Nobody would suggest that the first three Prime Ministers, Tunku Abdul Rahman, Tun Razak and Tun Hussein, would have kept quiet over the 1MDB scandal?

Is this another sign that UMNO leaders have become “dumb and dumber” over the decades?

Another test whether UMNO leaders have become “dumb and dumber” is whether UMNO leaders in the first six decades of its history would have agreed to promote klepto-theocracy, which has no respect for facts or truth, and where “Malu Apa BOSSku” is the very symbol of a campaign which has lost the sense of right and wrong and totally bereft of moral values as to able unable to feel any shame for “kleptocracy at its worst” 1MDB scandal?

Lim Kit Siang MP for Iskandar Puteri