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Guan Eng’s arrest riles up emotions in cyberspace

Zaidi Azmi
Written by Zaidi Azmi

KUALA LUMPUR – June 30, 2016: Emotions are riling up in the cyberspace over the arrest of Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng by the Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission (MACC) last night.

The reactions were mix among political savvy Malaysians, ranging from jubilation on one side to anger at the other end.

For those who were against Lim, his arrest was deemed as a “celebratory moment”, while those who were supportive of the opposition, especially DAP cried foul over the arrest.

There were also bloggers who joined the fray, and those known for their “pro-BN” stance were among the earliest to write about it.

Dr Novandri Hassan Basri who blogs at ‘Analysis Dr MiM’ claimed that even some Penang-born DAP leaders were also elated over Lim’s arrest.

“To them this is the perfect opportunity to wrest the state’s Chief Minister post from the grip of the ‘Tokong’ (Lim).

“But will they do it? Because everyone knows how much of a coward they are in fighting their (Penang DAP leaders) rights,” he wrote.

Lim claimed trial at the Sessions Court in Georgetown today to a charge of using his post to purchase an undervalued bungalow at Jalan Pinhorn.

Aside from the below-market bungalow issue, Lim was also charged under the MACC Act over the contentious land-sale in Taman Manggis that was initially earmarked for a low-cost housing project.

Another prominent blogger Helen Ang, also commented on Lim’s arrest as well, although she did so indirectly.

She indirectly discredited Lim by sharing excerpts of Lim’s interview with a local newsportal over his experience of being jailed in the 90’s.

“The interview headlined ‘From Kajang prison to 28th floor of Komtar appeared in Malaysiakini on February 24 2013.

“Urm, will Guan Eng come a full circle and go from Komtar 28th floor back to Kajag prison again?” Helen speculated.

So far on the other side only Guan Eng’s father, DAP supremo Lim Kit Siang has blogged about his son’s “unjust arrest.”

Kit Siang was of the opinion that his son’s arrest was due to the rippling effect of BN’s latest electoral victories in the Kuala Kangsar and Sungai Besar by-elections.

“The Barisan Nasional twin by-election victories have given the Prime Minster, Datuk Seri Najib Razak confidence to go on an all-out political offensive, believing that he has the licence to do whatever he likes to consolidate his political power position despite creating a paradox for Malaysia.

“This is the time for all Malaysians to rise above race, religion, region or even political affiliation to Save Malaysia from hurtling onwards towards a fractured, failed and rogue state,” Kit Siang wrote.

The  debate over Lim’s arrest was most heated on Facebook.

Those who were anti-opposition were “waiting to see if DAP practices what they preached.”

“They always demanded others to resign due to mere allegations but not charged…now they’re the one on the receiving end,” wrote Facebooker Satu Suara.

“Now that LGE (Lim) is officially under investigation, when is he going on a leave until investigation is over and let someone else be acting CM? Or can’t LGE lead by example,” wrote Shi Ming Ke.

“It looks like the bungalow really has a bad feng shui,” wrote Marcus Aurelius in reference to the reason cited by Lim when he explained why the Jalan Pinhorn bungalow was purchased at a below-market price.

But, not everyone was happy with Lim’s arrest, especially among DAP supporters and sympathisers.

“Pray for LGE” and “Free CM” has been reverberating throughout Facebook and other social media.

“We, all Penang people support and believe you are innocent CM Lim,” wrote Woei Jye Tan.

“God will be on your side YB Lim Guan Eng, Nothing to fear the good deeds done by you for the people will defeat greedy and corrupted enemies. Long live LGE and DAP,” Tan Jak Keng wrote.

“If the judge does not give a good judgement then we start May 13 plus Hindraf. Fight for justics,” wrote Prem Chandran.

“Why do you called it ‘rasuah’ when one buys cheap things? What about other companies that offers discounted goods?” was the sarcastic response from Melvin Tai.

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Zaidi Azmi

Zaidi Azmi

If Zaidi Azmi isn’t busy finding his way in the city, this 26-year-old northern kampung boy can be found struggling to make sense of the Malaysian political scene. Zaidi can be reached at zaidiazmi91@gmail.com.