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Monday, 6 February 2012

Guan Eng the 'street fighter' ?

Chua chides Penang CM for trying to gain political mileage by spinning facts


MALACCA: Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng should refrain from being a political “street fighter” and instead focus his attention on resolving woes faced by Penangites like a true statesman, MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek said.

Taking a swipe at Lim for suggesting that MCA was a chauvinist party that supported Perkasa, Dr Chua stressed that Lim should pay attention at addressing pressing issues in his own state rather than challenging others and being interested in gaining political mileage by condemning others.

“It is a bread-and-butter issue today and people are observing what he (Lim) is doing to Penang.

“I humbly suggest for the sake of Lim Guan Eng, who is holding a key post as Chief Minister, to talk less politics, minimise spinning facts and refrain from attacking people.

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“Behave like an administrator, a statesman managing the Penang government,” he said at the Kuan Ti Temple Chinese New Year dinner here last night.

Dr Chua cited Penang's dire public transport system, unkempt hawker centres and wet markets as basis for his call for Lim to focus on issues affecting Penangites.

He also rubbished Lim's claim that MCA was a racist party that supported Perkasa just because one of MCA's party members attended its event.

“This is sheer nonsense.

“If Perkasa is a racist Malay group and MCA a racist Chinese party, then they would be in conflict and how can these two be supporting each other?

“It is as simple as oil and water can never mix together,” he said, adding MCA also had many photos that showed DAP leaders talking to Perkasa president Datuk Ibrahim Ali on stage when the latter was still with PAS.

“So are you drawing the conclusion that DAP had been working with Perkasa from the beginning?” he asked.

Dr Chua pressed further, saying that Lim, who always appeared at PAS functions, would probably embrace the party's spiritual leader Datuk Nik Aziz Nik Mat when they meet.

“Is DAP implying that MCA would say that DAP is supporting PAS and hudud?

“If we draw this kind of conclusion and political spinning, I would (also) draw this type of conclusion,” he added.

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