Source: Free Malaysia Today
Much has been said about Lim Guan Eng’s new Mercedes 3000 L. No one would have batted an eye lid if it had been any other Malaysian leader. So why single out Lim? Not without good reason.
Lim, when first elected, set out to portray himself as a leader of the ‘rakyat’, insisting on a simple life style, travelling on economy class on budget air lines.
Lim should not forget the professed socialist stance of the DAP. Did not Malaysia see only recently an exodus of his party members to Thailand to pay homage to Chin Peng.
All this image building has now crashed with the purchase of the Mercedes! His supporters have been quick to jump to his defence.
Though Lim Kiat Siang , his father, usually very vocal in raving and ranting against government expenditure has remained strangely silent.
Now, the main reason proffered to justify the purchase of the Benz has been the drastic reduction in price given by the car dealer, Lowe Motors Sdn Bhd.
This car dealer it has been revealed has had dealings relating to development project with the Penang government such as acquisition of Bukit Relau.
The public nor Lim’s detractors cannot be blamed for thinking the ‘special rates’ on the Mercedes was pay offs for favours obtained and inducements for future contracts and concessions. Continue reading
I really admire the incumbent London mayor Boris Johnson as well as his predecessor Ken Livingstone. The former is a Conservative while the latter, a Labour Party leader. While these two gentlemen may embrace very different political ideologies, they are both first-rated in competency and character.
When most cities in continental Europe were experiencing stagnation or even regression, the British capital was full of vibrancy and life, and was a model of urban renewal and artistic innovation thanks to the leadership of these two men.
That highly impressive and highly efficient Olympics in 2012 sent the city to the pinnacle of the world, and we just couldn’t afford not to credit Livingstone and Johnson for their great works.
Londoners would not forget that Johnson was then riding his bicycle to inspect the various games sites scattered across London, taking off his helmet and convened a review meeting at every stadium he visited.
Today, Johnson is still cycling to his London office every day. He even tendered a public apology for being caught in camera once running a red light.
Similarly, Londoners would not forget his predecessor Livingstone took the lead by abandoning his car for the Tube in cutting back car traffic into the city.
Initially many people were against the restriction, but after seeing the mayor’s lead in taking public transport, they just had to accept convincingly. Today, London’s traffic woes have been dramatically relieved. Continue reading
The tuxedo worn by Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng is somewhat different nowadays.
In fact it stands out glaringly compared to his peers in the Opposition. The stark contrast of Guan Eng today and some five years ago is very much evident.
When he stands side by side with Umno politicians in Parliament, you can now see the similarity in terms of the expensive taste that Guan Eng has acquired.
The cutting and styling exudes a rich and expensive look compared to the tux he used to wear before he became Chief Minister.
One look at it, you would know that it is a specialised tailored suit coming from the exclusive stores of Sparkman shop or the likes of it.
His tux radiates that kind of glitter and richness and the fabric certainly is not made of any inferior material but that of the finest linen or cashmere wool.
One would not be faulted if you deem that the outfit costs a few thousand ringgit or even more. The fine fabric stands out and there is no doubt that Guan Eng’s wardrobe has changed for the better today compared to five years ago.
Not only has his wardrobe changed. His circle of friends has also changed.
He now rubs shoulders with the rich and famous in Penang. Continue reading
The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has started probing the Penang State Government’s purchase of a Mercedes-Benz for chief minister Lim Guan Eng.
It is understood that the Commission is trying to establish a link between the purchase of the silver Mercedes-Benz S300L from Lowe Motors Sdn Bhd and tycoon Tan Sri Tan Kok Ping who is believed to have a stake in the company.
Sources tell fz.com that the link to Kok Ping is vital due to the numerous complaints and allegations in the public sphere and media over Kok Ping’s “privileged relationship” with the state government, particularly with Lim, that has benefitted the former as a businessman.
Lim’s critics did not buy the defence that the state government only paid RM298,263.75 for the car which was originally priced at RM657,218.
State finance officer Datuk Mokhtar Jait who announced the purchase at a press conference on New Year’s eve justified the move saying that the cost, although without insurance, was at a discounted price and is tax exempted.
Lowe Motors, it can now be revealed was in fact a company that Kok Ping had interest in. He was at one time, managing director of the company until Cycle & Carriage Bintang (CCB) bought a stake in the company in 2010.
A notification to the Kuala Lumpur Stock Exchange by CCB on Nov 23, 2010 informs the authorities of a proposed acquisition of a 100% equity interest in Lowe Motors for RM16 millon. Continue reading
The netizens criticised Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng for changing his official car twice in less than two months.
Below is his comments on the Terengganu government’s decision to buy 14 Mercedes Benz E200 Kompressor cars at RM3.43mil to replace the Proton Perdanas in a move to “cut costs” in 2008.
The Edge Daily (Pub Date: July 25, 2008)
Lim: Unwise to spend RM3.42m on Mercs
PENANG: It is not wise of the Terengganu state government to spend RM3.42 million to buy 14 Mercedes Benz E200 Kompressor limousines, especially at a time when the people are reeling from rising living costs. Instead, moderation should have been exercised.
Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng, who expressed these views to the press yesterday, however, agreed that the quality of a Mercedes Benz was better than that of a Proton Perdana V6 Executive.
The Benz’s maintenance costs were also lower. He said that the Penang state government had cancelled the order for five new Perdanas worth over RM600,000 and decided to use existing vehicles.
“We decided to make do with what we have to save cost as long as the car can move and reach the destination. Continue reading
Source: Just Read!
Lim Kit Siang says (on Allah issue):
“…the time has come for Najib, in the second term and fifth year as Malaysia’s sixth prime minister, to prove that he is a moderate by deed and conviction and not a political chameleon who alternates between moderation and immoderation in his speeches depending on the crowd and occasion… This is a good basis for the ending of the recent worsening religious fault lines in our plural society and I fully endorse the proposal by the Archbishop Emeritus Tan Sri Murphy Pakian urging the prime minister to cement his own call for an end to Muslim-Christian hostility by withdrawing Putrajaya’s legal challenge against the Catholic Church’s use of the word ‘Allah’…”
I am entirely amused with his malapropism. He mentioned ‘moderate‘, a terminology that never found a place in DAP, PAS and PKR. However, I must commend him for realising how BIG the word ‘moderate‘ means to a multiracial Malaysian society.
Time and time again, we have seen the opposition putting forward insensible demands. They government, in meting out harsh and heavy criticism, once in a while had to bow low to them. In the case of repealing the Internal Security Act (ISA), the Barisan Nasional government made an unprecedented announcement in 2012 to repeal it and replace it with Security Offenses (Special Measures) Act.
Then came the abolition of the Emergency Ordinance and Sedition Act to make way for National Harmony Act.
Both new Acts, however, came under heavy bombardment again at the Dewan Rakyat and in the open forum. The media treated the issue as a selling catalyst by producing series of interviews with both sides of the political divide, a lot of pros and cons. Continue reading
Initially (before, during and immediately after the last GE) it was just Lim Guan Eng’s arrogance plus his father Kit Siang’s tears and threats against the Registrar of Societies. The father and son called names and ridiculed this particular Govt agency without even an iota of decency or sincerity. It was pure deception.
Kit Siang fooled the Chinese in Malaysia to an unprecedented level after his ‘crocodile tears‘ stunt. It must have been so effective that now every Kok, DICK and Hally in DAP are jumping into the bandwagon.
They are even threatening to sue the RoS if the notice (below) is not revoked. Now, what does the notice say… in actual fact?
Why is it that the arrogant DAP leaders have made it a point to consistently go against the law and yet threaten the respective government agencies when they are caught with their pants down?
Why is it so difficult for the DAP to appoint a mere 20-member CEC without any controversy and/or irregularities as reported and made public by their own members?
DAP leaders in Kedah seem to have opened their eyes wide enough to see the hidden talents of their national leaders.
‘Demonise the RoS‘ campaign has no takers in Kedah coz the state leaders know Guan Eng’s hidden talents by now.
Even the long serving Kedah DAP leader would have been slaughtered (politically) had he not brought his case to the RoS for justice.
It appears that generally DAP members and supporters respect and abide by the rule of law, except for a selected few who have no choice but to blame the RoS and every other person who stands against their dynasty in the DAP.
p/s Beats me how some learned lawyers in DAP could push themselves so low to be on the same deck with power crazy lunatics, especially in matters involving rules, regulations and the law of the land.