Malay congress and political chess

Emmanuel Joseph

Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad giving a speech at the Malay Dignity Congress in Shah Alam on Sunday. He was well within his rights to attend the event, given that he is a Malay leader. But, Dr Mahathir is also the leader of Malaysia. – The Malaysian Insight pic by Seth Akmal, October 9, 2019.

DR Mahathir Mohamad’s attendance and speech at Sunday’s Malay Dignity Congress raised a few eyebrows and a fair bit of controversy.

For Pakatan Harapan’s Malay ground, it was a win. It even overshadowed the PAS-Umno unity gathering, despite the event last month boasting far more participants. Besides the controversial opening address by Professor Emeritus Dr Zainal Kling, chief executive of the congress’ secretariat, much of the attention went to the prime minister’s speech.

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