The DAP FT and Selangor State Committee and branch leaders met on 31st March 2016 in Kuala Lumpur and we unanimously resolved to express support for and solidarity with DAP Secretary-General Sdr Lim Guan Eng.
Barisan Nasional has launched it’s fiercest and most stinging attacks against Lim Guan Eng that we have ever seen to date. BN MPs and Ministers are using parliamentary immunity to hurl numerous spurious allegations and outright lies against the Penang Chief Minister.
The BN-owned and dominated media followed up by going to town with the cooked-up scandal. Both Lim Guan Eng and the Party has had to endure the avalanche of malicious attacks via “trial by media”, peppered with unsubstantiated and twisted facts.
Such massive attacks serve to divert attention from the multiple political crises faced by Prime Minister Najib Razak especially arising from the Citizen’s Declaration on 4th March.
The attacks also aim to discredit Guan Eng and the DAP in the upcoming Sarawak state election. The Penang Chief Minister was the most potent political figure for the Opposition in the previous Sarawak state election in April 2011.
Both DAP FT and Selangor proudly stands by the implementation of open tenders by the Penang state government which not only improves transparency but eliminates graft and corruption.
Hence when BN alleged that the controversial land in Taman Manggis was sold to KLIDC in exchange for a bribe via a bungalow bought below market price, we know that it can’t be true. It cannot be true because the said land was sold via open tender to the highest bidder. There’s no need for a bidder to pay a bribe when he has to bid the highest price to win. This is unlike the BN states where land is sold and alienated via direct negotiations.
In addition, the DAP-led Penang government has been accused of betraying the people’s interest by selling the piece of land meant for low-cost housing. That has now been proven to be an utter lie, because it was the then BN state government which rejected the low-cost housing proposal in March 2007. What’s more, the DAP-led Penang government has instead in 2012 commenced a separate low, low-medium cost and affordable housing less than 2 kilometers away in Jalan S P Chelliah. Better still, the Jalan S P Chelliah land is nearly 10 times the size of the land in Taman Manggis.
Therefore, we welcome fair and unbiased investigation into Guan Eng’s purchase of his house. We also hope that the investigations will be expedited so that his name can be cleared as soon as possible.
DAP FT and Selangor calls on our members and supporters to be cognizant of these political calculations, help the party emerge from these attacks stronger, and support Sdr Lim Guan Eng in his battle to clear his name.
Tan Kok Wai & Tony Pua