Guan Eng – Ambiga spat over Mahathir

 |Sep 23, 2016
Guan Eng turned the tables against Ambiga over her involvement with former Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohammad to overthrow Prime Minister Najib Razak and questioned Ambiga if she has forgiven him (Mahathir) for the damage he has done to this country.
Guan Eng turned the tables against Ambiga over her involvement with Dr Mahathir Mohammad to overthrow Prime Minister Najib Razak and questioned Ambiga if she has forgiven the former premier for the damages he had done to the country.

A war of words broke out between DAP secretary general Lim Guan Eng and former Bersih chairman S. Ambiga after a hard hitting question-and-session at an international conference in Kuala Lumpur  yesterday.

Guan Eng turned the tables against Ambiga over her involvement with Dr Mahathir Mohammad to overthrow Prime Minister Najib Razak, and questioned Ambiga if she has forgiven the former premier for the damages he had done to the country.

In an unprecedented counter move, given that she was the moderator of the session, Ambiga sarcastically responded that even Guan Eng’s father DAP adviser Kit Siang was willing to work with Mahathir.

“The pardon issue has never been thought about by me or the current Bersih leader Maria Chin Abdullah. I see it as a necessity; we are facing an ‘undefeatable evil’,” said the former Bar Council president.

“Look, I was not jailed like Kit Siang or Anwar (Ibrahim). If they can work together with the former premier, who am I compare to them,

“I completely agree the entire system is rotten because of the previous regime. For me it is political reality, the country come first before anything else.”

On a separate matter, after being grilled by Universiti Malaya (UM) Professor Terence Gomez on political funding for the DAP, Guan Eng challenged the academician to check into party monetary accounts.

The professor argued the opposition block failed to support an initiative over political funding drawn up by him and Transparency International Malaysia Chapter before the 13th General Election (GE13).

“I welcome the idea of transparency and I invite you to scrutinise DAP’s political funding because we have no money. I wish we had one billion but we don’t,” said Guan Eng, the Penang chief minister.

“From the round-table discussion involving members of the opposition, I was informed that you said no,” responded Gomez, before the argument was abruptly stopped by Ambiga.

The argument took place during the second day of the International Malaysian Law Conference 2016, which was held from Sep 21 to 23.

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