KUALA LUMPUR: Gerakan Vice-President Dominic Lau has expressed disappointment over DAP Penang resolving that Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng does not need to resign or go on leave despite facing corruption charges.
He said DAP’s action was obviously double standards by the party on corruption cases. “What Guan Eng was facing now was not normal corruption allegations, but real charges in court.”
Even though everyone was innocent until proven guilty before the law, he added in a statement, as a Chief Minister charged with corruption in court, Guan Eng should resign voluntarily or go on leave to preserve his dignity as the head of a state government.
“After it was revealed that the Chief Minister purchased a bungalow at a price below the market price, the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commision (MACC) stepped in to investigate,” pointed out Lau. “Finally, he was formally charged in court.”
He was commenting on Guan Eng and DAP leaders labelling the alleged corruption as “political persecution”. “This is to incite public anger against the Barisan Nasional (BN).”
In fact, if Guan Eng is innocent, the court is the best avenue for him to prove his case, said Lau.
He also questioned DAP leaders who raised a hue and cry whenever any BN leaders faced corruption allegations. “In fact, they demanded that such BN leaders go on leave or resign, citing political morality.”
“Their leader is now facing corruption charges in court. However, they have failed to practice what they preach.”