PETALING JAYA: A group of people wearing red, blue, green and yellow T-shirts marched through Goerge Town this morning in a show of support for Penang Chief Minister and DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng, who faces trial on two corruption charges.
Chanting “Sokong Guan Eng” (Support Guan Eng) and “Hidup Guan Eng”, the crowd marched from Union Street at 7am to the Esplanade, 2km away, according to the Straits Times. The crowd numbered about 3,000 according to Malaysiakini.
Among those who marched were PKR president Wan Azizah Wan Ismail and Parti Amanah Negara president Mohamad Sabu. The two parties are partners of the DAP in the Pakatan Harapan alliance.
Star Online reported that the march ended at 8.45am after Lim addressed the crowd. He claimed that he had been charged in court for buying the bungalow at a discount, according to Malaysiakini, and that Penangites would be angry at being told to purchase an item without a discount.
He also took a swipe by making comparisons at Umno president and prime minister Najib Razak and the controversy over 1Malaysia Development Berhad, and claimed that he was facing trial because Barisan Nasional were desperate to recapture power in the state government.
Lim has been charged with abuse of power and corruption to benefit himself and his wife Betty Chew: one charge is about the conversion of agricultural land for residential use; the other charge is about the purchase of his bungalow in Jalan Pinhorn at RM2.8 million, below market value of RM4.7 million.
A businesswoman, Phang Li Koon, and her company were named in both charges. She was accused of abetting Lim.