PETALING JAYA: Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng may have been blinded by his own arrogance when he challenged Prime Minister Najib Razak to call for a snap general election.
In stating so, Umno Supreme Council Member Tajuddin Abdul Rahman claimed that a majority of Malaysians were not in favour of another general election “so soon” after the last one in 2013.
He accused Lim of always looking out solely for his own interests.
Making such a call had proven yet again that the DAP secretary-general had no respect for others, he added.
“He thinks he can take advantage of whatever is happening now. And he thinks he can win if a general election takes place now,” he told FMT.
The deputy agriculture and agro-based industry minister urged Lim to focus on fighting the corruption charges levelled against him instead.
“I advise him to just keep quiet and focus on building up a defence for himself in court. Or else he might lose his case and end up behind bars, just like (former Opposition leader) Anwar Ibrahim.”
Earlier today, Lim dared Najib to call for an early general election to seek a fresh mandate from Malaysians, following the US Department of Justice’s civil lawsuits against individuals alleged to have siphoned millions from 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).
Meanwhile, Gerakan Youth Chief Tan Keng Liang said Lim had no business calling on the PM to hold a snap general election.
“He is having trouble calling for snap polls in Penang, as I understand it.
“If he can’t do it inside (his own state), he should not ask other people to hold a snap general election,” Tan said when contacted today.
“Since PKR has already objected to do it, he’s trying to get other people to do it.
“I don’t think the prime minister has to entertain the idea.”
Tan was alluding to PKR’s uneasiness over DAP’s proposal to hold a snap election in Penang in an attempt to shore up support for Pakatan Harapan after Lim was charged with two counts of corruption.
PKR President Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail was reported to have said that her party was not convinced with the purpose or reasons behind the snap polls.
Two days ago, Lim – after lengthy discussions with PH partners – decided to call off the snap elections for now.
Tan also said that snap elections were generally used as a “democratic tool” for the people to choose their leaders and it should not be used as a political tool for unrelated matters.
“An election is for the people to vote in a government, not to solve any particular issue that has nothing to do with the people.
“The thing is that the Department of Justice’s lawsuits do not even name or charge the prime minister. He is trying to stretch the issue too far.”