By Raggie Jessy
When asked about the claims he made against Datuk Seri Abdul Azeez Abdul Rahim (see news item below), Lim Guan Eng replied, “When has TV3 ever covered me?”
These are the kinds of responses we’re getting from the guy entrusted by the people of Penang to lead the state government. Having jumped the gun by accusing Azeez of receiving bribes despite ongoing investigations, Guan Eng refused to apologise, sending a clear message to the people that stuff like ethics and proper codes of conduct meant nothing to him.
Already, he has accused the MACC on multiple occasions of practising double standards and carrying out “politically motivated” investigations. He was lucky that the anti-graft agency’s chief commissioner let him off lightly by cautioning him against issuing defamatory remarks. But instead of being grateful, he went on to reiterate that the agency practised double standards, adding that his position on the matter was grounded in truth.
These psycho-neurotic tendencies of his are not just damaging to his reputation, but also to the DAP and the state administration he leads. Speak to any journalist covering his conferences, and he or she will tell you how this guy seems like a man on the verge of a total breakdown. His lies and lack of regard for authority are so glaring that even a first time reporter will tell you how cumbersome it is to cover his pressers and how pathetic he seems.
And he’s the Chief Minister of Penang. – The Third Force
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KUALA LUMPUR: Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said today he will contest the defamation suit to be filed by Datuk Seri Abdul Azeez Abdul Rahim, over accusation the latter received bribe for the Penang undersea tunnel project.
The DAP secretary-general said it is common for Barisan Nasional lawmakers to file legal suits against Opposition leaders, and said he will need to check on the letter of demand sent to him as he had yet to return to his office in Penang.
“If he wants to sue, that is within his rights. We will contest the suit,” he told reporters outside the Dewan Rakyat, referring to the Baling MP.
When asked on the claims he made against Abdul Azeez aired on the local television channel TV3, Lim mockingly replied: “When has TV3 ever covered me?”
He also dismissed Abdul Azeez’s demand for a public apology.
Earlier, Abdul Azeez said he had instructed his lawyers to send a letter of demand to Lim’s office and home in Penang, yesterday.
The Tabung Haji chairman said he had given Lim four days to issue a public apology on all mainstream media channels, take back his statement and not repeat the slanderous statements, before proceeding with the legal suit.
Last week, Abdul Azeez had lodged a police report on claims implicating he had received a bribe from undersea tunnel and three paired roads project contractor, Consortium Zenith Construction Sdn Bhd (CZC).
The Lembaga Tabung Haji chairman had also lodged a police report saying the letter by CZC legal representatives accused him of being a swindler and a “corrupt person capable of influencing the police and MACC”.
It was later reported in a press conference that CZC has retracted the claims it made and apologised for the mistake made, as well as acknowledging that the Umno lawmaker was a victim of name-dropping.
Source: The Malay Mail Online