Rocket’s malignant tumor is shaking its foundation

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DAP secretary general Lim Guan Eng has a sharp tongue, almost matchless. He could turn the table under the worst condition. He could win the applause of his fans even when his is in the wrong. However, while he is basking in his glory, Lim Guan Eng is actually pulling out brick-by-brick the political foundation built up by DAP in last few decades and it is unthinkable how DAP leaders and their representatives explain further.

Recently, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department and MCA deputy president Dr Wee Ka Siong challenged Lim Guan Eng for an open debate. But Chief Minister Lim looked down on the federal minister and said he was only the No. 2 of a party with seven MPs.

True enough, DAP won 38 parliamentary seats in the last election and MCA has overrated itself to make the challenge. However, the debate is not about who can represent the Chinese community. It is about a multi-billion ringgit project in Penang.

MCA, as Penang’s opposition party, is asking the ruling party to clarify the many doubts.

If the ruling party with majority is not obliged to answer the weak opposition party, then UMNO, the largest political party with 88 parliamentary seats, is also not obliged to entertain any party on the 1MDB scandal.

If a federal minister is not qualified to challenge the Penang chief minister for a debate, then none of the DAP leaders can likewise challenge Barisan Nasional minister or deputy minister for a debate to get to the truth.

If the Government cannot accept questioning by the opposition party as regards to the short-comings of any project, then the existence of the opposition is of no value. An example is the case of Penang Gerakan Youth leader Jason Loo who is facing three counts of defamation suit.

If newspapers get lawyer’s letters just because they have published the contents of an opposition leader’s media conference, then the media organizations can also close shop. For example, several newspapers are now facing legal actions for publishing the views of Penang Gerakan chairman Teng Chang Yeow at a press conference.

In addition, Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng is facing two corruption charges. A DAP leader once said Lim only needed to resign after being charged. But Lim Guan Eng has never tendered his resignation. On the other hand, when an exco member of the Barisan state government was being investigated for corruption, DAP called for the resignation of the Menteri Besar. What happens when the exco member concerned is charged in court?

The environmental issue in Penang has become a controversy. There are denuded hills, illegal charcoal factories, fatal landslides, unprecedented floods and massive reclamation projects. How can you now say the flooding in Pahang was due to corruption?

When Wee Ka Siong questioned Lim Guan Eng on the tunnel project, Lim retorted by asking how much allocation has been given to the independent Chinese high schools in Wee’s constituency? He even dragged in Gerakan president Mah Siew Keong by asking him to make public the allocations given to independent Chinese schools.

Lim Guan Eng is good in asking difficult questions. He even ridiculed Wee Ka Siong as only the No. 2 and thus not qualified to hold a debate with him. He, however, he has never answered all the questions concerning public interest as he has always been evasive.

Let’s imagine that if UMNO Menteri Besar or Wakil rakyat (representatives) employ the same tactics against opposition parties and people by saying, “You want a debate, who are you? I have not taken bribe. It is all political persecution. The floods were due to excessive rainfalls. Nobody has died in the flood. It was an accident. There was no hill-slope landslide. It was an accident occurred on flat land.”

When a DAP senior official can give such absurd answers, what would happen if DAP made similar queries to UMNO senior officers?

DAP has remained solid for the last half century because of the solid foundation built by several generations of leaders. However, Lim Guan Eng is damaging the foundation by taking out the bricks one by one, its foundation is shaking now. If the Rocket was defeated in the coming election, it can only blame itself for failing to uproot the malignant tumor.

Original Source: 火箭毒瘤動搖根基