GEORGE TOWN: Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng does not mind Umno filing a motion to demand his resignation over his ongoing corruption trial at the Penang State Assembly sitting next month.
He says it is the party’s right to do so.
He said the state assembly, unlike Parliament, allows those from the opposition to table motions as they wished.
“Can, why not? We are a democracy. We allow motions to ask for my resignation,” he said when told about Umno’s intention at a press conference at his office here today.
“Even though our motion to ask for the prime minister to resign (at the Dewan Rakyat) was not allowed, Penang will remain a democracy,” he said.
Earlier today, Penang Umno chairman Zainal Abidin Osman said state opposition leader Jahara Hamid, who is Umno’s Teluk Ayer Tawar representative, will table a motion demanding Lim’s resignation due to the corruption charge against him last year.
The move by Umno is apparently to strike back at Lim after he had proposed a motion to condemn Umno’s Tasek Gelugor MP Shabudin Yahaya over his controversial remarks on child marriage at the Dewan Rakyat last week.
Lim claimed that unlike Parliament, where he said only Barisan Nasional (BN) motions are allowed while those from opposing parties are not, the assemblies of Penang and Selangor, being states led by DAP and PKR, allowed motions from all sides.
The DAP secretary-general denied he was seeking revenge against Shabudin, a former president of the Penang State Islamic Council.
Lim said he was merely moving a motion to oppose attacks on women, especially when they were victimised by rapists.
He said something ought to be done to respond to comments such as nine-year-olds being ready for marriage, as reportedly uttered by Shabudin.
Lim said if he was seeking revenge, he could have done so by filing a motion on Shabudin’s alleged role in selling a government land at a loss of more than RM15 million before this.
He asked his detractors to question why there has been no action on Shabudin over the “cheap” land deal.
“Shabudin’s case involves a public loss of funds. In my case, there is no public loss of funds,” he claimed.
Last April, Lim alleged that a 3.4ha land belonging to the Penang Regional Development Authority (Perda), which was chaired by Shabudin, was sold to SYT Prestige Sdn Bhd for RM1.42 million. The land was located at Kampung Tok Keramat near MRSM Transkrian in Nibong Tebal.
Lim said the land was sold at that price on July 28, 2015 although the market value was RM16.6 million. He claimed the land had been acquired by Perda on Feb 27, 1986.
According to a state gazette, the land had been earmarked for a “Kg Tok Keramat Housing Scheme”.
Perda comes directly under the Implementation Coordination Unit (ICU) of the Prime Minister’s Department.
Shabudin later explained the land was sold off cheap as it was close to a river and was prone to soil erosion.
He said a cost-benefit analysis showed it was no longer worthwhile for Perda to pursue its project there as that would incur losses of up to RM10 million.
The site now has 107 built houses that have been abandoned for the past 30 years and which must be cleared first to make way for the sale.
Penang executive councillor Dr Afif Bahardin had lodged a report on the Perda deal with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission in April last year.