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Thursday, June 30, 2016

The rakyat are watching you, MCA chief warns Guan Eng

MCA president Liow Tiong Lai has cautioned Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng that the rakyat are watching, to see whether he preached what he practised by taking leave pending the outcome of his ongoing corruption charge.
"In the past, he (Lim) has been asking people to resign and take leave. 'Now, it's your turn.' People will watch what he wants to do.
"What goes round is now coming back to him and I think the rakyat, everyone, is looking at this case," Liow, who is also transport minister, said when met after the launch of Prasarana's extended Kelana Jaya and Ampang LRT lines at the Putra Heights station this evening.
Pressed further on whether Lim should take leave, Liow said: "I leave it to him. Because the rakyat are watching.
"He should have that kind of wisdom. As a leader, he should have the wisdom."
Liow earlier cautioned the Malaysiakini not to twist his words.
"I would say that Malaysia practises a good legal system. So let the law take its course.
"We all know that we are a democratic country. The process of the prosecution is transparent. Let him answer to the court," he said in reference to claims that the prosecution of Lim was politically motivated.
Lim had said the issue of whether he should take leave or otherwise would be left to the DAP.
After an emergency meeting in Penang, state DAP chief Chow Kon Yeow announced this afternoon that there was no need for Lim to vacate his post as they believe the charges against the chief minister are politically motivated.
Lim was this morning charged under Section 23 of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Act 2009 for approving the re-zoning of a plot of land from agriculture to commercial use for the benefit of himself and his wife, Betty Chew.
He was also charged under Section 165 of the Penal Code for purchasing his RM2.8 million bungalow from businesswoman Phang Li Koon at below its market value.
Phang was slapped with one charge under Section 109 of the Penal Code, which is read together with Section 165.
She is accused of abetting Lim in obtaining a "valuable property" for himself by selling the bungalow to him.
'Don't politicise kafir harbi issue'
On another matter, Liow said MCA have made its stand clear on Pahang mufti Abdul Rahman Osman's statement likening all who purportedly opposed Islam as kafir harbi, whose blood is permissible to be spilled.
"We have the statement from (MCA religious harmony bureau chief) Ti Lian Ker. It's a thing that is uncalled for.
"It was a very clear statement. Malaysia is multiracial society, so do not politicise it," he said.

Liow also denied that he had previously reserved his comments on the issue.
"I didn't say 'reserve comment'. I said my members have already commented. I also said the issue should not be politicised.
"This is a serious issue. This is not the government's stance. Religion is a very sensitive issue," Liow said.
Inspector-general of police Khalid Abu Bakar said yesterday that Abdul Rahman would be investigated for sedition for his statement against the DAP and non-Muslims. - Mkini

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