If there is an Academy Award for best actor (politician category), Lim Guan Eng would have won hands down.
Not only he is a good pretender, he has also mastered the art of “tai chi” in pushing blame and passing the buck to others.
The RM75 billion development project in Balik Pulau, Penang which was exposed by an English daily recently has somehow earned him those unwarranted titles.
As soon as the details of the project were highlighted, the Chief Minister of Penang, in a hurriedly called press conference chose to distance himself from the issue by stating that the project “simply does not exist”.
Then of course he activated his “tai chi” stunts by saying that he is not aware of the project and that the state would now not consider at all even if the project gets the approval from the Federal Government.
So now he is shifting attention and blame on the Federal Government as if he has forgotten that he is now the Chief Minister of Penang and the project was in his state.
Further more he dared to lie through his teeth that he was not aware of the project. Never mind that the project is so massive that he is not aware because he is just a “kuching kurap Chief Minister”, never mind that even his exco member Phee Boon Poh has said on record that the state authorities were aware, never mind that Guan Eng says the project does not exist but letters were already sent to the stakeholders by the project consultant and all.
Ah, never mind again that the project consultant Dr Nik Zamri Majid had said that the project proposal was presented to the state government and they had a meeting with Guan Eng, his deputy Datuk Mansor Othman and state officials last year.
Perhaps Guan Eng’s twin brother attended the meeting.
Never mind again that the Penang government was presented with a 22-page proposal in October by Malaysian-Hong Kong joint venture company Al Cube Sdn Bhd for an offshore concrete industrial development on the west coast of the island, just 5.5km from the shore near Kuala Sungai Pinang in Balik Pulau.
The project covering a 2,833 ha site would feature electrical and electronics industries, oil and gas R&D labs, residential areas, hotels, parks, schools, government offices and an artificial beach.
Who is Guan Eng trying to bluff. All of these can only point out to one thing. Guan Eng has been keeping this project under wraps until it was exposed by the media. Shame on you.
If he has any decency left in him, he should be honest and own up that there was in fact such a project being discussed.
What has happened to his favourite CAT slogan for Competency, Accountability and Transparency.
Guan Eng, Please stop the lies.