GEORGE TOWN: Deputy Health Minister Dr Hilmi Yahaya had urged Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng to walk the talk and resign or take leave from his position just as he has preached in the past.
Dr Hilmi said Lim had previously asked Prime Minister Najib Razak to resign due to the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) scandal, but the Attorney-General had cleared the leader of all accusations.
“Now, as a state leader who has always asked others to resign due to corruption allegations, Lim should do the same.
“If he has integrity, he should step down,” Dr Hilmi said.
Last Thursday, Lim, 56, was charged at the High Court here with using his position as chief minister to benefit himself and his wife Betty Chew Gek Cheng by approving the conversion of a plot of agricultural land to residential land and transferring it to a company called Magnificent Emblem Sdn Bhd.
The DAP secretary-general was also accused of corruptly obtaining for himself and his wife, a piece of land and a bungalow at No 25, Jalan Pinhorn, George Town here from businesswoman, Phang Li Koon for RM2.8 million.
Dr Hilmi, who is also the Balik Pulau Member of Parliament, stressed that Lim’s refusal to take leave or relinquish his position showed that the principles of competency, accountability and transparency bandied about by the party was now dead.
Meanwhile, Pulau Betong assemblyman Mohamad Farid Saad expressed hope to see a new chief minister at the next state assembly sitting.
“Lim should show a good example to others and prove that he is a man of his word,” he said.