It seems our most respected elder statesman has lately missed the limelight so sorely that he has deemed fit to pitch whatever remaining influence he has behind the newly formed right-wing Malay group, PERKASA whose overriding objective is to continue to press for the retention of the NEP, demanding that the target of 30% of the economic pie should in fact be increased to more than 60% to reflect the racial composition.
His declared reason is that UMNO has become a toothless tiger to defend Malay rights and privileges. Yet 9 years ago he was castigating the Malays for continuing to depend on the government for handouts: "How much longer must the Malays depend on the government and the privileges accorded to them? How much longer must they remain mediocre?".
This is what he said 9 years ago:
Lim Kit Siang said Mahathir has come full circle, from an ultra back to an ultra, and that is the greatest tragedy.