GEORGE TOWN: Penang Welfare, Caring Society and Environment Committee chairman has been told not to sue the media to divert the public’s attention from the Kampung Sungai Lembu illegal factory issue.
Penang MCA organising secretary Dr Tan Chuan Hong questioned if Phee Boon Poh’s action of suing the media over reports of him having RM2 million frozen from four bank accounts is caused by the latter’s guilty conscience and embarrassment which he is attempting to conceal by suing the media which had reported the issue.
Tan, in a press statement issued today, said he believed the media is only doing their job to convey information to the public, adding that Phee should sue the information provider instead if the information given was false.
He also asked if the Penang government only accepts news which is beneficial to them.
“I don’t understand what is the standard of freedom of speech to the Penang government. The news which are not favourable to them will be labeled,” he said, likening the act to the Nazi way of doing things.
“If Phee is innocent, then he should be gracious enough to be investigated but instead he keeps using tricks to divert attention, incite populism and suppress the media which are all unacceptable,” he added.
Tan also reminded Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng and Phee that corruption does not necessarily only involve accepting money from someone for a favour but also involves “using power and position to sign documents that are beneficial to each other” which he defined as a form of abuse of power.
“The victims in this case are the innocent villagers. How can the state government go on and let Phee serve the people and fish for votes? added Tan.
He stressed that an apology is insufficient, stressing that the villagers need justice.
Last week, Lim apologised to the residents of Kampung Sungai Lembu over the illegal carbon filter factory operating near the village and said he did not deny that the factory had caused the villagers to suffer. – MO