GEORGE TOWN: In the latest chapter of a running squabble over the market price of the Malaysia Building in Hong Kong, DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng has urged MCA president Wee Ka Siong to admit defeat and resign for losing the argument.
The issue at contention is how much the building in the prime Wan Chai district would fetch. The building houses the Malaysian consulate-general and is owned by the federal government.
DAP’s Lim Guan Eng had previously stated that the current government had obtained an offer of RM1.6 billion for the building, better than the RM1.1 billion said to have been obtained by the previous government.
However, Wee said the building was valued at HK$1.6 billion (about RM833 million) not RM1.6 billion as claimed by Lim.
The two men have argued back and forth in Parliament last week.
In a statement today, Lim claimed that “Wee has failed to prove me wrong, that the offer for the consulate was for RM1.6 billion, not HK$1.6 billion. Wee should admit his mistake and resign. We will see if Wee practises what he preaches.”
Lim, who is MP for Bagan, and finance minister, said he had shown proof that an offer of RM1.68 billion had been made. However, Wee, MP for Ayer Hitam, laughed off the letter shown by Lim which was purportedly from a lawyer on behalf of an unnamed client, and had questioned the language used in the letter.