What else is new, asks Guan Eng after claim Putrajaya infiltrated by communists

Lim Guan Eng says Umno will always put the blame on DAP, no matter the situation.

KUALA LUMPUR: DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng has dismissed a claim by an Umno member that Putrajaya has been infiltrated by communist elements, saying such allegations were nothing new.

Lim said Umno would always put the blame on DAP, no matter the situation, and that he had no time for such claims.

“What else is new? They always try to play these communist bogey and racist bogey. In many instances, this has nothing to do with us,” he told reporters at the sidelines of DAP’s Kuala Lumpur convention today.

Yesterday, a Kuala Terengganu Umno representative claimed that communist elements had infiltrated the government, alleging that many recent controversial incidents like the return of Chin Peng’s ashes were all planned.

Wan Hisham Wan Salleh told the Umno general assembly that other incidents such as the Jalur Gemilang gaffe at an official function and the gathering of former communists were all “coincidence by design”.

Lim said there was also a photo going viral linking him and DAP deputy secretary-general Teresa Kok as family members of the former Communist Party of Malaya leader Chin Peng, calling it an “evil accusation”.

“Even if Umno leaders might not understand the culture of the non-Malays, they should know that the surname has to be the same if they are family members.

“So if the surname is not the same, how can it be a family member?” he asked.

He criticised another Umno member, Omar Faudzar, for claiming that he was trying to weaken the economic strength of the Malays by selling off government-linked companies (GLCs) under Khazanah Holdings Bhd.

He said he was not even on the board of Khazanah Nasional.

“Doesn’t he know who the GLCs come under? It’s under the prime minister, not me. Who’s the chairman of Khazanah? The prime minister. I’m not even on the board but I’m still being blamed,” he said.

Lim also called on party members to lodge reports against Omar for alleging that the party had brought in phantom voters in the 14th general election.

He said Omar’s claim was false and made with the intention of inciting racial hatred.

Earlier, opening the convention at the party’s headquarters here, Lim urged members to fight, not by making statements that were racial or religiously extreme, but by working hard and performing better.

They could do this by providing more business opportunities and jobs,and better education and healthcare, he said.

It was reported yesterday that Omar, from Penang Umno, had claimed during the Umno AGM that DAP had brought in phantom voters for GE14 and was also involved in an MyKad-selling syndicate.