GEORGE TOWN: Police will record Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng’s statement over a goods and services tax (GST) parody sing-along at a free tuition class organised by the state government last weekend.
State police chief Commissioner A Thaiveegan said several police reports were lodged against Lim at the Patani Road police station yesterday.
“We will investigate under Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998. We will record his statement as soon as possible,” he said today.
The law deals with the improper use of network facilities or network services, and carries a fine not exceeding RM50,000, a prison term not exceeding one year, or both.
Yesterday, a political party and two NGOs alleged that Lim had brought a compact disc to the tuition class and taught the children to sing the “ABC” song which allegedly contained lyrics insulting the Barisan Nasional (BN) government.
According to Bernama, Penang Front Party chairman Patrick Ooi, Penang Surplus Welfare Association president Sophian Mohd Zain and 1Malaysia People’s Welfare Association president Mohd Ibrahim A Siahoo lodged their police reports yesterday.
The video was played on Saturday morning when Lim was officiating the free tuition class.
During the session, Lim was seen singing and dancing to the tune of the song, watched by the students.
The free tuition comes under the state’s youth empowerment programme Penggerak Komuniti Muda Pulau Pinang (Peka) at the Mutiara Idaman 2 flats.
Some 1,000 students across Penang are currently benefiting from the Peka programme, which offers free tuition classes for UPSR and SPM students.
The “GST song” was recently sung in the Dewan Rakyat by Kulai MP Teo Nie Ching, who sought to drive home her point that Malaysians were burdened by the consumption tax.
Meanwhile, Peka chief and Bukit Mertajam MP Steven Sim defended the use of the song, saying it was a fact that GST had pushed up prices.
“Was Bank Negara engaging in political propaganda when it said the same thing?”
Sim said there was a tendency to view BN propaganda as non-partisan, adding that the line between the coalition and government was blurred.
“I think we need to go beyond the old thinking that supporting or repeating BN’s message is considered ‘supporting the government’ and therefore seen to be less partisan or less political compared to supporting the message of BN’s competitors.
“Besides, the song doesn’t say undi DAP (vote for DAP) nor does it carry any political logo,” he told FMT.