YOU know the general election is just around the corner when a Chief Minister who has issues letting go of his office finally agrees to a two-term limit of the post he has been clinging on to for the past two terms.
Yesterday, in what appeared to be a desperate attempt to restore Penangites’ confidence in him, Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng made the announcement in agreeing to a two-term limit for his post as Chief Minister.
It is also not too much to say the announcement, made following Pakatan Harapan’s consent to allowing a chief minister and menteri besar to only hold office for a maximum of two terms, as being hypocritical of the highest order should they win the upcoming 14th General Election.
The announcement was made by Lim who is also DAP secretary-general.
What utter rubbish!
This, after so much ado over the matter especially when ironically, the motion had been repeatedly rejected when brought up in the State Legislative Assembly previously.
Lest we forget, Teh Yee Cheu, who is Tanjung Bungah state assemblyman, had been receiving the backlash for broaching the subject and proposing the motion in the state assembly.
Teh will surely not disagree what a hypocrite Lim is after the former had caused him so much misery for adamantly and consistently tabling the motion to limit the tenure of a Chief Minister to only two terms.
He had been punished, ostracised and basically ignored by his own so-called party members and comrades.
Each time there was a state assembly seating, Teh would attempt to table the motion but each time he failed without it even being debated.
So why is it that only now Pakatan Harapan, led by the DAP has suddenly decided to propose the two-term limit as part of the GE14 manifesto?
And dare they accuse Barisan Nasional (BN) of making empty promises for GE14? How are they any different? Maybe even worse!
It is nothing but a clear-cut way to fish for votes.
If the Opposition is indeed sincere and serious in limiting the state administrative chief to two terms, it would have been done since day one when Teh had brought it up.
What makes it even more of a joke is that the manifesto would only be implemented on condition that they win the general election!
This would mean that if Penang would still be under DAP’s rule after the general election, Lim Guan Eng will still remain Chief Minister despite having been in office since 2008.
Does he not trust his comrades to do a better job than him? Maybe he only trusts himself to better Penang for the sake of Penangites.
His reasoning of justifying former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s nomination of Prime Minister candidate should the Opposition pact win the GE14 since Mahathir used to be the country’s premier is just plain confusing.
Perhaps the Opposition has conveniently forgotten that the idea of limiting the term of office during Mahathir’s era had already been brought up then but was rejected with the excuse that two terms is just too short for one to prove his capabilities in administration mission.
And it all came back to square one with Mahathir leading the country for a good 22 years!
Does the Opposition regard the rakyat as being so intellectually challenged to see this manifesto as being a mere strategy to retain power?