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Lim: The Star is out to get me

 | February 20, 2012

DAP secretary general Lim Guan Eng slammed the MCA owned daily for continuing to discredit him over a statement he did not make.

PETALING JAYA: MCA-owned English daily The Star today admitted that it made a mistake in translating a quote from DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng in the debate with MCA president Dr Chua Soi Lek on Saturday.

But Lim said that in the same edition a columnist repeated the same mistake .

He said that this was wilfully done to continue the lies against him.

Lim said that a Star column today titled “All hype but no climax”, written by Baradan Kuppusamy, was another attempt to whitewash Chua’s personal attacks against him.

Yesterday, The Star, in the article “What they said”,  reported Lim to have said, “We do not agree the Prime Minister must always be a Malay because we want the people to decide” during the live debate with Chua on Saturday.

The daily clarified its report today but at the same time, carried Baradan’s comment piece on another page which attributed the statement to Lim.

The Penang chief minister later called on the English daily to apologise over Baradan’s column, saying the piece did not adhere to the spirit of “comment is free, but facts are sacred”.

“As the daily is owned by MCA, I respect its right to present a partisan slant on the debate. However, this quote attributed to me is untrue because no reference whatsoever was ever made by me on this issue,” said Lim.

Lim also criticised the columnist for implying that the DAP had requested for another debate next month to repair its image, after its reputation was damaged in the aftermath of the debate.

“This is another lie. Chua and I have communicated over the next debate, to be held in English or Bahasa Malaysia, way before our encounter on Saturday,” said Lim.

On the debate, Lim said the odds were stacked against him as he was given limited time to answer questions posed by the MCA members.

“How can I answer 12 out of 13 questions in three minutes, especially when most of them were stinging attacks against me?

“For this reason, I chose not to answer these questions as the questions should be about policies that Pakatan Rakyat wants to implement for the betterment of Malaysia,” he said.

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