Penang CM should clear the air on the undersea tunnel issue once and for all, challenges Wee Ka Siong

KUALA LUMPUR: MCA deputy president Wee Ka Siong today labelled Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng as an expert in finding excuses to deny accusations following the emergence of a photograph of Lim with a ‘Datuk Seri’ who is being probed for graft related to the Penang tunnel project.

“Lim is an expert at finding excuses to deny accusations, including on photos going around on social media,” he said via Facebook Live this afternoon.

Wee, who is also Minister in Prime Minister’s Department, took Lim to task since the photograph was taken at home and both Lim and the ‘Datuk Seri’ were barefoot.

“Lim claims they are just two public figures standing. Please. Any reasonable person would see the background of the photo was definitely at home.

“Moreover, they were both bare feet in that photo. What public figure would normally be seen photographed with bare feet in the public unless at the home of someone vital and important to his agenda?

“He even accused the media of slandering him. For the ordinary folk, since when can there be such an opportunity to have a photo taken with the honourable Chief Minister at home and with bare feet?”

Wee speculated that it was perhaps the DAP’s modus operandi to challenge their opponent to debate but did not opt to do so when they are being dared to a debate.

“Perhaps being double standard is the DAP’s modus operandi, and they have tonnes of excuses to justify whatever they do.

“If Lim Guan Eng can debate the then Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Nor Mohamed Yakcop, then why not debate with me, who is now the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department? Obviously he is hiding something and has no guts to accept my challenge!”

Wee had dared Lim to a debate on the controversial Penang tunnel project last week but Lim backed off saying that Wee was not in a position to debate him since Wee was the number two man in MCA and was arrogant.

Lim wanted to face off in a debate with Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai who is also MCA president.

Liow in turn had told Lim to debate with Wee.

Debate challenge

Wee also listed down the names of people that Lim challenged to a debate. Among them were former Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Nor Mohamed Yakcop in 2011 over extending the concession for Penang  bridge and the Butterworth Kulim Expressway.

Federal Territories Minister Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor too was challenged in February last year over proposals to make Penang a federal territory.

Lim also had accepted to debate then Minister of Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Abdul Rahman Dahlan in 2016.

Lim even dared former Inspector General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar to a debate on Penang Voluntary Patrol Unit in Sept 2014.

Wee also denied that he was arrogant.

“It is Lim Guan Eng who is being arrogant. It doesn’t take a lot to know that ever since he was appointed as Penang Chief Minister, he has challenged a whole crowd of people to debates.”

Wee also questioned whether his position in the party, cabinet or his ethnicity were stumbling blocks that prevented Lim from debating him.

“Is your rank only high enough to debate senior civil servants, Guan Eng? Do I not merit the same courtesy as those people that Guan Eng had challenged to debate?

“I lead the MCA as the deputy president and as a member of the Federal Cabinet. Are you insinuating that my posts rank lower than any of those above? Or is it because I am Chinese?

“Or it is simply because you think the Chinese will always support DAP, so it excuses you from explaining anything to them? And is this why Pakatan’s manifesto has no specific promises for the Chinese, especially on the development of Chinese schools?”

Wee also questioned whether Lim’s arrogance stemmed from the confidence of being able to wipe out MCA and urged him to take the debate dare for the sake of the people’s welfare.

“Do Penangites and Malaysian deserve such a leader, who has become so arrogant with power, that he doesn’t need to create a good image like he did in the past.

“If he is concerned about the people’s welfare, he should debate me once and for all and clear up the issue.”