Opposition lies giving DAP tough time in Sandakan, says Guan Eng

DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng showing a copy of Sin Chew Jit Poh which ran the articles on the PBS election banner.

GEORGE TOWN: DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng said the Sandakan parliamentary by-election on Saturday will be a tough one, as the party battles “lies” from the Sabah opposition.

He said he was particularly miffed by Chinese daily Sin Chew Jit Poh, which published an article on a banner hung by Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) in connection with a speech he made two weeks ago.

The banner quotes Lim as saying he would only help resolve parking issues at a government hospital in Sandakan if DAP won.

Lim has denied making such a claim and the Election Commission has since brought the banner down.

Outside the High Court here today, he said Sin Chew had apologised for the article on the banner and DAP had accepted its apology.

However, he said the paper ran another story on the same banner today, showing no remorse for its action.

“Although Sin Chew has said sorry, it is using the same old tactic by publishing the same picture of the banner,” Lim said.

The banner is related to a local issue where constituents had complained about the lack of parking space at the Duchess of Kent Hospital.

On April 27, Lim said the federal government had allocated RM1.63 million for lift repairs and another RM8 million for a new block at the hospital.

He said he was also aware of the parking problem.

Malaysiakini quoted Lim as saying if DAP’s candidate, Vivian Wong won the election, she could “send him a reminder” to allocate funds for a parking project in the next budget.

Lim also said if Wong won, she must do her work, or else “it can’t be helped”, the portal said.

Astro AEC then quoted Lim in a headline as saying: “If we win, then find me, if we lose, then there’s nothing I can do.”

PBS then put up a billboard with a screengrab of the Astro AEC headline accompanied by pictures of Lim and Wong.

The Sandakan by-election will be a five-cornered fight involving Wong, PBS’ Linda Tsen, and independent candidates Chia Siew Yung, Hamzah Abdullah and Sulaiman Abdul Samat.