GEORGE TOWN: Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng claimed today that he had been “played out” by Cabinet minister Abdul Rahman Dahlan in using the police to “escape” from a planned live televised debate.
“I have been manipulated and played by him. He (Rahman) knew it would not happen and he found escape clauses. He can use the Inspector-General of Police to come in and intervene … IGP has saved him lah, and he used that to intervene,” Lim told reporters today.
Lim and Abdul Rahman were scheduled to face off against each other on a controversial sale of state land at Taman Manggis, which has been linked to Lim’s purchase of a double-storey bungalow for RM2.6 million.
The two deals were said to have been conducted at below market value and the woman who sold Lim the bungalow has been linked to the owner of the company that bought the Taman Manggis land for RM11 million. Last week Abdul Rahman produced documents that indicated a possible sale of the company for RM70 million.
TV3 called off the debate yesterday on advice from the police and the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission that it might jeopardise investigations in progress into the two deals. The IGP, Khalid Abu Bakar, said some witnesses, including Lim, had yet to be called for their statements.
Lim has denied any wrongdoing and accused the authorities of carrying out a politically-motivated investigation.
“When TV3 can report about the case every night, and newspapers like The Star and New Straits Times also do it every day against me. Where is the justice?” Lim said.
He accused Abdul Rahman of knowing all along that the debate would not happen. “It is typical of Umno. There is a word for this, “lari lintang pukang”.(running helter-skelter),” he said.
“We want to condemn Rahman for becoming a very good show man, he is a very good circus performer than a minister. He knew it would not happen and he found escape clauses. So this drives the point that the whole investigation will be politically motivated,” Lim said.