KUALA LUMPUR – May 6, 2020: An online petition demanding that DAP stalwart Lim Kit Siang honour his words and quit politics following the failure of PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to become prime minister has gained over 20,000 signatories in two days.
The petition was started by one Ahmad Abdul at change.org after he got sick and tired of empty promises spewed by politicians who he believes have never any intention of keeping them.
At the time of writing, 24,151 have signed said petition and news on it reported by Chinese daily, China Press.
“We refused to be taken for a ride anymore. Therefore Malaysians demand Lim Kit Siang to honour his own promise to retire should Tun [Dr] Mahathir Mohamad did not handover the post to Anwar Ibrahim,” wrote Ahmad.
Lim had on May 10 last year bet his political career on Anwar’s rise as PM in a bid to lend credence to Mahathir’s guarantee that Anwar would succeed him but this was foiled by a political crisis three months ago.
“If Mahathir does not pass the PM post to Anwar and instead dissolve Parliament to call for early elections, I will retire from politics and will not contest in it,” vowed Lim in a statement.
The Pakatan government collapsed in February after Pribumi Bersatu quit the coalition and Mahathir’s resignation as PM followed.
Mahathir, however, also offered himself for the PM post – via a special and non-electoral arrangement initiated by the Yang diPertuan Agong – alongside Anwar and Pribumi Bersatu president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.
Muhyiddin was ultimately selected by the Agong to be the PM and formed the government with Umno, PAS, MCA, MIC and several PKR MPs who had either quit the party or were sacked.