PETALING JAYA: Lim Kit Siang plans to seek views from across the country on the position of his son, Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng who faces trial on two corruption charges.
In a media statement today, Kit Siang said he would tour the country to find out views on whether Guan Eng should take leave or resign from his post pending the outcome of the trial, or remain in office.
He took note of the decisions by the party leadership and the Penang state committee that Guan Eng should stay on. Lim described the charges against his son as being “politically-motivated, unfounded, malicious and political persecution”.
Various politicians have said that Guan Eng should step down or take leave. Political activist Ambiga Sreenevasan had publicly advised Guan Eng to take leave while the charges were hanging over him.
Kit Siang noted that MCA president Liow Tiong Lai had been “strident among those who want Guan Eng to take leave”.
He drew comparisons between the RM2.8 million value of the bungalow which is the subject of one charge and the RM2.6 billion amount reported to have been deposited in the accounts of Umno president and Prime Minister Najib Razak. He said the donation scandal was 1,500 times bigger than the bungalow issue.
Guan Eng has been charged with abuse of power in approving the conversion of agricultural land to residential use for the benefit of his former landlady’s company. He is accused of corruption in buying a bungalow for RM2.6 million from the woman, Phang Li Koon, at below the market valuation of RM4.7 million. Phang is accused of having abetted him.