GEORGE TOWN: Lim Guan Eng today compared Negeri Sembilan Menteri Besar Mohamad Hasan to US President Donald Trump, saying there is no difference between the two when it comes to hate-filled rhetoric.
The Penang chief minister said Mohamad’s rallying cry at a Barisan Nasional (BN) gathering in Rembau where he urged supporters to “flip tables” and “destroy” opposition supporters was full of hatred.
Lim was responding to Prime Minister Najib Razak’s claim that the chief minister had used children to plant hatred against the government through a song deriding the goods and services tax (GST).
“For the menteri besar of Negeri Sembilan to make such threats of violence, is that not hatred?
“Mohamad went to the extent of saying that he would bail out those who destroy opposition members… what difference is there from Donald Trump?” Lim said in a press conference at the state museum here today.
Lim came under criticism after joining a sing-along in a parody of the alphabet song at the launch of Penang’s free tuition classes for primary and secondary school students.
However, he told Najib there was no hatred in the anti-GST song and the event had taken place outside a school, unlike the recent “Umno rally” which took place in a school in Putrajaya.
“We do not sing party songs, we do not wave party flags. We are showing opposition towards the GST, not against the government, its leaders or any BN leaders.
“Since Najib says this exploits our children, what about your minister Tengku Adnan (Tengku Mansor) going to school… during school hours, disrupting their lessons, waving party flags, playing and singing party songs and shouting Umno slogans?
“Why is Najib not condemning them but condemning me? Bear in mind, my (anti-GST sing-along) was done at a low-cost flat, on a weekend at the launch of our tuition class programme.
“You can question me for singing and dancing to the song in front of schoolchildren. But please, do not have double standards. Your minister has done so much worse,” he said.
Last October, students at a school in Putrajaya welcomed Tengku Adnan, who is federal territories minister, with Umno flags and party songs.
He was at the school to officiate a drama and classroom decoration competition themed “Merdeka and Umno”.
Some of the decorations made by the primary schoolchildren included Umno cakes and other Umno-themed memorabilia.