Grow up, Guan Eng tells deputy minister and teen blogger


GEORGE TOWN: Lim Guan Eng today lashed out at a deputy minister and a teen blogger for being “immature” as the furore over the police reports lodged against the Penang chief minister for allegedly not respecting the Federal Constitution, escalated.

“These two people have not matured yet. When they are mature, they will understand.

“This deputy minister is like a 13-year-old. Still a kid. Let them be mature, then I will answer them … for then they would have a better understanding of the Federal Constitution,” Lim said in a press conference in Komtar today.

Lim was taking aim at Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Senator Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki who had earlier said the Penang chief minister should be ashamed of himself as the teenager had shown that he had better knowledge of the Federal Constitution.

In a report on the BN Backbenchers’ Club portal, Asyraf was quoted as saying that the teen blogger should be praised for lodging a police report against Lim over his blog posting last November.

The teenager and four others had lodged police reports against Lim who is now being investigated under the Sedition Act.

In his blog posting, Lim had said that PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang’s private member’s bill to amend the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965 (Act 355) was unconstitutional, and likened the bill to hudud.

The teenager allegedly took offence to Lim’s post, saying it was insulting to the Syariah Court system.

The teenager had also alleged that Lim’s post could be seen as a challenge to the King who had called for the strengthening of the Syariah courts.

Lim said the teenager’s angst was understandable as he was still immature.

“But for a minister to echo him, that shows he is naive and immature.

“I was just voicing out as a member of parliament and a citizen.

“If I cannot even give my opinion, then block me using the (Sedition) Act, which also means that the rakyat cannot say anything anymore.” Lim added.

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