Despite the optimism over Pakatan Harapan being the government now, DAP advisor Lim Kit Siang says that it is important that there be a shift of mindset among Malaysians.
“There are still people imbedded with the mindset of the old. Even after the 14th General Election, there are people who choose to play the politics of race, politics of fear and politics of hatred.
“I think we need structural changes. We need mindset changes among Malaysians to become a beacon of light in this distracted and difficult world, which we promised we wanted to be, when we achieved Merdeka in 1957. But how can we be a beacon of light when we are divided, when we are a failed state, we are kleptocratic and a kakistocracy?” asks Lim.
We must learn how to encourage a responsible and constructive opposition in Malaysia
(‘Kleptocracy’ means a government of corrupt leaders while ‘kakistocracy’ refers to a government run by the least qualified of the people.)
Lim believes that it is important complacency does not set in among the Pakatan Harapan people and it is for this, he says that there is a need for the Barisan Nasional to stand up as a proper opposition to keep PH on its feet.
“Our problem now is we must learn how to encourage a responsible and constructive opposition in Malaysia. I worry and I see that UMNO is having a general assembly at the end of the month and I don’t see them coming out of their cocoon or their bubble.
“There must be an exorcism, a redemption. They must prepare to face the truth, which is in last elections,” says Lim, adding that 1MDB and other financial scandals as the major issues UMNO must be prepared to face.
The 77-year old, DAP stalwart says he has no plans to retire from politics for now. The Iskandar Puteri parliamentarian insists that he is no supremo but more of an advisor due to his decades of experience in politics.
Lim's foray into politics began in 1966. He served as DAP's National Organising Secretary. He has since contested nine times for parliament seats, seven times for state assemblies, over five decades in five different states.
Stating that he has no political designation in the present government, Lim says he is out of the decision making process. He, however, says that he will play a fatherly role to ensure the government the people elected does not go astray.
"My role is in an advisory capacity. I am more experienced than others. I believe that I’m able to give advice but as far as decision-making is concerned, I’m out of the decision-making mechanism. There is no need for them to take my advice as I will have no designation," says Lim.