Guan Eng: Probe into anti-GST sing-along a waste of resources

 |Mar 22, 2018
Penang Chief Minister and DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng

GEORGE TOWN: Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng has described police investigations over his act of teaching kindergarten children to sing an anti-government song as a waste of resources.

Lim, however, admitted to his act being inappropriate after a video of him making fun of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) and getting children to sing along to a song  went viral since last Saturday.

To date, three police reports have been lodged against Lim, who also DAP secretary-general, confirmed by Penang police chief Datuk A Thaiveegan.

In a press statement yesterday, Lim wrote “one could question whether doing this in a function attended by children was appro­priate”.

He however said that he did not expect his act of singing and dancing along to a song mocking the GST, which he claimed did not mention any Barisan Nasional leader or government, could cause the matter to be investigated by the police.

Expressing his disappointment over the police investigations in the matter, Lim however said he was ready to cooperate fully with the police on the matter.

Yesterday, Thaiveegan confirmed receiving three reports on the matter and said he expected more to come as anyone could lodge a report on the matter.

Police, he said, are investigating the case under Section 233 of the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission Act for using the Internet to broadcast content that is “obscene, indecent, false, menacing or offensive in character with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass another person”.

The incident was said to have taken place when Lim had officiated a free tuition centre at an apartment block in Mutiara Idaman, Jelutong and got children to sing and dance along to the song to the tune of the ABC song, a popular nursery song.

Three people, including two NGO members and Penang Front Party chairman Datuk Patrick Ooi, lodged police reports against Lim the following day.

Former Bagan Luar DAP branch chairman A. Asoghan also lodged a report over the matter.