SPECULATIONS rife that the introduction of Arab-Islamic Jawi calligraphy, or Khat, was poised to cut open Pakatan Harapan (PH) to pieces and pave way for a new government, namely Pakatan Baru.
But it seems unlikely now.
DAP’s unexpected strong support to the inclusion of Khat in Bahasa Melayu national language subject for Year 4 pupils in 2020 may have checkmated Prime Minister Tun Mahathir Mohamad’s ploy.
DAP Vote Bank
DAP’s core support base is the Chinese community, and the community’s paramount interests have always been education and business.
Introduction of Khat in vernacular schools next year was expected to touch the cranial nerves of the Chinese community.
It did initially as the Chinese community opposed the Khat.
It shook the DAP’s political strength, although was not enough to stir it.
However, the Khat saga took a surprise twist on Tuesday, August 6, 2019.
Influential Chinese educationist groups – Dong Jiao Zong and Jiao Dong, changed their earlier non-acceptance stance to express support to Khat.
The groups announced this after a meeting with Education Deputy Minister Teo Nie Ching.
Teo claimed that some 12 non-government organisations, including a Tamil educationist group, attended the meeting and reached a consensus to accept Khat in vernacular schools.
Dong Zong is a coalition of Chinese school management committees while Jiao Zong is a coalition of Chinese school teachers.
The previous night, the DAP central executive committee (CEC) met, deliberated and decided that the party shall toe Mahathir’s Khat line.
In the past this would be unthinkable.
But this time DAP decided to set aside its pro-Chinese stance and Khat-mate Mahathir.
In 2017, DAP used the PAS’ RUU355 bill to amend the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965 to shut down the previous opposition alliance – Pakatan Rakyat, and establish the current PH.
The DAP-led PH did not include PAS, any Indian-based parties nor parties from Sabah and Sarawak.
Initially it only comprised DAP, PKR and Amanah, a PAS splinter group, before the coalition embraced Mahathir’s party – PPBM.
PPBM and DAP got married in an unholy political conjugal relationship merely to oust Barisan Nasional from Putrajaya administration in the 14th General Election.
Some observers claimed that Khat was Mahathir’s own ‘RUU355’ to split PH.
Mahathir could not go along with DAP from the start.
Since taking over the federal government, the 94-year-old Mahathir could not run the government according to his whims and fancies.
It’s learnt that the nonagenarian had been having a torrid time dealing with DAP and its ally PKR from day one he returned to be the 7th Prime Minister (PM7) of Malaysia.
Although Mahathir has promised to handover the reins to PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim in May 2020, many believe that he will not keep the promise.
If PH was intact and lasted until next May, Mahathir then will be under intense pressure to step down and give way to Anwar.
Thus PH must collapse by this year.
Khat was supposed to be Mahathir’s explosive device set to blast and destroy PH at a stipulated time.
Moreover, Mahathir thought Jawi calligraphy would regain his lost Malay-Muslim vote bank.
But DAP and Chinese organisations unexpected pro-Khat stance may have neutralised Mahathir’s time bomb and checkmated him.
Many have overlooked the historical fact that DAP had been with Anwar since he was sacked by PM4 Mahathir from the government and Umno in September 1998.
Since DAP and Parti KeAdilan Nasional (PKN), the predecessor of PKR, cemented their alliance, both parties have been sinking and swimming together until today.
Some political cynics claim that the DAP-PKR relationship was virtually unbreakable probably because both were under the same foreign political patronage.
Some suggested that party logos of PKR and DAP indicated that both could be friendly with the Jewish-dominated Illuminati international movement.
By definition Lim Kit Siang-led DAP backs Anwar to become PM8.
For now, however the DAP and the Chinese community have decided to take a pro-Khat political stance to keep alive PH government and maintain Mahathir as PM7 for at least next 9 months.
After that DAP could dump Mahathir and install Anwar as PM8.
Or the party could also throw Anwar under the bus and back Mahathir.
With 42 federal seats under its belt, the Chinese-dominated DAP rules the roost in Putrajaya. – NTHQiBord, 7 Ogos 2019.