You all probably have by now read all kind of commentaries about Pakatan being dead after DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng announced so yesterday.
Yay! We win! So cheered the Barisan Nasional and Umno people.
I beg to differ though.
To me, it's just little boy Guan Eng throwing another tantrum.
However, this time it's a strategically designed tantrum, actually.
Go ahead and read again Guan Eng's statement.
Did he say anything about DAP quitting Pakatan?
He just said that Pakatan is dead because the Pas people had gone crazy doing this and that.
He also said that the DAP central working committee (CWC) still wants to be in "pakatan" with PKR.
So, what DAP (or more precisely Guan Eng) wants is DAP being in a reformatted Pakatan, but be seen as not in alliance with the now more hardline Islamist Pas.
Really, that's how I read Guan Eng's statement yesterday.
And this is probably what happened at the DAP CWC meeting:
Guan Eng: I don't want us to be seen as friends of Pas anymore. Their ulama gang who are now in charge were scaring the Chinese and Christians of Sabah and Sarawak.
DAP CWC members: Yes boss (in unison).
Guan Eng: But we must work together with PKR. We need the urban Malays' votes. Let the Pas people go on their own to steal away the kampung Malays and those in Felda settlements from Umno by selling their hudud and Islamic state mumbo jumbo.
DAP CWC members : Yes boss (in unison).
Guan Eng: To make it seems real, I'm going to put some drama to my statement by saying that Pakatan is dead. The Umno people will go ga ga to that. Don't worry. The Chinese worship me. We are not going to lose their votes. In fact, we have everything to gain by distancing ourselves from those Pas crazies.
DAP CWC members: Hallelujah! You are the smartest and greatest of them all! (bow in unison).
Guan Eng: Of course I am.
Really, I don't think BN people, especially from Umno should be overjoyed by the latest development.
I am quite sure that not only they are not going to get the Chinese votes which will remain with DAP, they will also be facing,
A definitely stronger Pas