KUALA LUMPUR – July 29, 2016: Scores of opposition supporters seem to loathe the idea of having former deputy prime minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin leading the new opposition party said to be set up by Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
Muhyiddin’s name was mentioned by former minister Zaid Ibrahim when he spoke about the latest development on the party mooted by former premier Dr Mahathir two weeks ago.
According to Zaid,k the all-Malay/Bumiputera party will be led by Muhyiddin, adding that the latter will also be the opposition’s prime minister-designate.
Despite Zaid’s confidence that Muhyiddin was the right man for the job, many among the opposition supporters begged to differ.
They pointed out that it would be pointless for the opposition to win the upcoming general election only to be led by another “Umno man.”
“No way Jose,” wrote Facebooker Yab Toby, “We don’t need another Umno or ex-Umno to rip this country apart than it’s already is.”
“No thanks. Just look at the mess he made in our education policy when he reversed the PPSMI, teaching Maths and Science in English…then again we have no say as to who our PM should be,” was the sarcastic response from Lee Huey Shyan.
“If he is PM designate then Malaysia would be under the same situation as now,” wrote Ky Poon.
Some of those who commented on the matter brought up Muhyiddin’s infamous “I am a Malay first, Malaysian second” quote to back their reason as to why they do not want him to lead the opposition.
“Can he be trusted? Remember what he said about being Malay first Malaysian second,” wrote Tam Yong Yuee.
“TSMY (Muhyiddin) is not a PM material. Malay first and Malaysian second. I see no one in the opposition aside from DSAI (jailed PKR de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim) that is fit for the post,” wrote Poologa Singam.
Though many rejected the idea of being led by a former Umno member, a commenter insisted that Dr Mahathir should be given the chance to “bring Malaysia back to her feet.”
“Only Mahathir can clash with Umno,” wrote Rahid Arjun Lim, “All of these happens because of him and we need him to undo it. Mahathir please help us Malaysians.”