Ti: Why seek donations for a personal court case?

Ti Lian Ker

PETALING JAYA: Ti Lian Ker has questioned DAP for dragging the public into Lim Guan Eng’s court case by organising a donation drive to pay the latter’s RM1 million bail, which was posted yesterday.

The MCA spokesperson explained that the corruption charges against the Penang Chief Minister were personal in nature as it involved a bungalow that the latter had purchased below market price.

It would have been a different matter, Ti said, if DAP sought funds for a tragedy that struck the state or for a particular cause which was not related to the party.

The donation drive, he added, was even more mystifying when taking into account that the party did not launch a similar initiative for its former Sarawak DAP chairman Wong Ho Leng, who succumbed to cancer in 2014.

“Wong’s fellow DAP colleague Chong Chieng Jen had written to the state assembly to seek assistance. And in the end, Adenan Satem’s administration decided to foot the bill.

“Even so, DAP should have done something, no?” he told FMT.

The former assemblyman was commenting on Penang DAP’s campaign to collect the sum meant to restore party funds used to bail out Lim from court, after he claimed trial for two graft charges yesterday.

Earlier today, Penang DAP Chairman Chow Kon Yeow said the party had received RM1,009,000 by 2pm through the donation drive launched yesterday and was thankful for the generous cash contributions from the public.

To this, Ti wondered what the DAP would do with the money collected should Lim be acquitted of the charges.

He added that even if Lim was later convicted, the bail money would be refunded unless the latter decided to jump bail.

“Would they return the money to the people then?”