DAP's poster boy Lim Guan Eng has apparently been busy issuing press statements and giving interviews of late.
Maybe he was trying to match or surpass his father's reportedly 25,000 press statements issued so far.
Need to stay relevant, I guess.
In his latest interview, Guan Eng said,
Ismail a captive of court cluster, snap GE unlikely
which I think is a bit incoherent.
First of all, I don't believe that Guan Eng should really harp too much on the court cluster, because he himself is currently facing corruption charges in court.
It made him sounds a bit lame, honestly.
Guan Eng was quoted as saying in the interview that the PM, who is an Umno vice-president "was caught in a vice as he was a captive of the court cluster."
Right after that, he said
“If you look at the court cluster, they are calling the shots in the party (Umno). They want to have early elections so that they can decide on the candidates, not only for GE15 but also for the Cabinet and the prime minister’s position."
That's before he said
“So he (Ismail Sabri) would not want to call for an election. He (would) want to hang on for as long as possible, and the memorandum of understanding (with Pakatan) gives him the breathing space to do so.”
Up to that point, I thought Guan Eng was indicating that he and his Pakatan gang were backing the PM, who despite being "a captive of the court cluster" will resist any attempt to push the GE15 forward.
However, he continued the interview by whacking Ismail Sabri, calling him a useless PM and such.
That's when I thought that something was wrong with Guan Eng.
Is he actually supporting his fellow court cluster from Umno in pushing for a snap GE15 by running down the PM?
If the PM is so bad like he said, then that's more reason to have a snap poll.
Cannot be, right?
Or, was Guan Eng simply hantam whatever came to his mind during the interview.
Seriously guys, that's a real possibility as I noticed that his recent press statements were a bit of that kind.
Same as his father's.
They were kinda rambling as if designed to just make some noises so that people pay a bit of attention to their existence.
Anyway, if Guan Eng was right about Ismail Sabri being a "captive of the court cluster", then by right we may expect a snap poll soon instead of the other way around.
The guy's best chance to survive politically is to go with the flow.
If he tries to resist any push towards the court cluster's alleged snap poll designs, then he would surely be cut off from his party leadership in the coming Umno election, scheduled before end of this year.
Even now, there are talks within Umno that Ismail along with others such as Hishammuddin and Annuar Musa were actually Pribumi Bersatu stooges.
So, it would be more beneficial for Ismail to play along with the court cluster's scheme, as doing so would afford him to at least keep his position in the party if not the premiership.
Well, I believe all that will depend on the outcome of the Johor election.
If BN wins with a landslide as it did in Melaka, then the possibility of a snap GE15 will be very real.
BN would want to keep the momentum going.
The only thing which could hold it back would be the Covid-19 situation, as the country by right would need to wait for it to ease a bit before having a general election.
Other than that, I can't see how Ismail Sabri could resist possible calls from his own party to hold the general election.
He definitely can't wait until he gets kicked out via the party polls later this year.
Looking at the development of the Johor election so far, I don't see how Pakatan and the other anti-BN factions could prevent themselves from suffering another disaster.
They were even quarrelling among themselves.
Just look at the nomination process yesterday. Not a single of the 56 seats are to be contested in a straight fight.
The scenario now is definitely not the same as in 2018.
I think DAP would manage to retain some of its seats in the state election, especially those with huge Chinese majority, and that's about all there is to it.