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Opposition accused of hypocrisy over Guan Eng’s bungalow

Zaidi Azmi
Written by Zaidi Azmi

KUALA LUMPUR – March 24, 2016: Opposition leaders have been accused of being “hypocritical” over the way they reacted to the controversial purchase of a bungalow  by Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng.

The accusation was voiced out by scores of people who took to cyberspace to express their unhappiness over the matter.

Several of the opposition leaders, especially those from DAP had called for the public not to be too quick to vilify Lim as the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission is still investigating the matter.

For instance, DAP’s Seri Delima assemblyman RSN Rayer reportedly said that he wants people to be fair to Lim and avoid a “trial by media.”

The latest person to come to Guan Eng’s defence was opposition leader Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, who wanted everyone to stop needling Lim because his case was still being investigated.

“Dang! These people just can’t take it,” wrote Facebooker Farouk Khan, “They like giving it, but they lack the strength of character when they are getting it.”

“You guys accuse DS Najib (Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak) committing all sorts of heinous crimes,” wrote Pia Ghani, “Now, we are turning the table. Taste your own poison.”

“So all of them who kept on asking Najib to step down and blaming him on 1MDB is not media trial is it? What else is new from DAP?” was the sarcastic respond from Edwin Ng ZA.

Loopie San pointed out that it was only fair for Lim to be treated as such given how he and his supporters had been “whacking” Najib over 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) issue and former Selangor Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim during the state’s leadership crisis in 2014.

“During those times all these people whacked them for a year, both were considered guilty until proven innocent. Well an eye for an eye,” he wrote.

Nonetheless, there were also those who supported the opposition leaders and expressed sympathy for Lim.

“Knowing how BN works, even if he (Lim) is innocent, they will find or manufacture evidence to nail him. I would say may God protect him but God has left Malaysia years ago,” wrote Stanley Daniel.

Some went as far as claiming that BN is trying to “assassinate Lim’s character” by capitalising on his bungalow purchase issue.

“It’s a political assassination on LGE (Lim)! He has done a marvellous job as Penang CM,” claimed Chia Hui Yeong.

“They (BN) knew that if they wish to have any chance of winning Penang in the next GE (general election), they have to take out LGE by hook or by crook,” she wrote.

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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.