Lim Guan Eng being hounded: This is revenge politics!

5
25421

Today it is Guan Eng, tomorrow we don’t know who will be targeted next, P Ramakrishnan writes.

It is with shock and disbelief that Malaysians learned yesterday that Lim Guan Eng would be charged again with two counts of corruption involving the same proposed Penang deep sea tunnel project tomorrow, Friday, 11 September 2020.

Apparently, this is a continuation of previous charges involving the same project: one on 7 August 2020, followed by two more charges on 10-11 August – three charges within a span of five days!

News about Guan Eng’s case on Friday was disclosed by deputy public prosecutor Wan Shaharuddin Wan Ladin in the Sessions Court in Kuala Lumpur yesterday. This is well and good; it is as official as it should be.

But how do you explain the news that was floated and reported on 3 September 2020, quoting an anonymous source that Guan Eng would be charged for corruption on Monday, 6 September. The mystery surrounding the identity of the source and this report ahead of an official announcement is also mystifying.

On 3 September, Guan Eng asserted that the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) was lying about its involvement with regard to Sabah Immigration wanting to ban him from Sabah. This was reported by Malaysiakini at 9.26am. Then, at 5.43pm – 8 hours and 17 minutes later – Malaysiakini reported: “Guan Eng to face two more charges on Monday.” No sooner had Guan Eng asserted that MACC was lying than the rumour that he would be charged with two more accounts of corruption was reported.

READ MORE:  The Najib Razak 1MDB Trial Ep 35: What about the rest

Some may wonder whether it was tit-for-tat. You can’t fault them for thinking so!

The question I wish to raise is this: if the MACC had decided to charge Guan Eng further, why was this decision leaked out to be reported? Was it to cause maximum damage to Guan Eng’s reputation? It was an internal decision; how did it become public?

The second question is this: could this possibly be revenge politics? The MACC acted so swiftly despite Guan Eng having already been charged on several counts of corruption just a month ago. Coming on the heels of these corruption charges, it raises the possibility that the MACC must have been in possession of this additional information when Guan Eng was first charged on 7, 10 and 11 August.

One would wonder why these additional facts were not used to frame other charges as well last month. Were these withheld deliberately so that in the subsequent delayed charges, as in this instance, a perception could be created that he is corrupt and that more charges may be forthcoming soon enough?

Some might think an attempt has been mounted to create a counterpart to Najib Razak – that a corrupt politician with multiple corruption charges exists not only in Barisan Nasional but also in Pakatan Harapan. But there can be no parallel to Guan Eng’s case: on the face of it, there is no money trail; there is no bloated bank account to incriminate him; there is no ostentatious lifestyle to raise any suspicion; there is no tell-tale trail to pinpoint guilt.

READ MORE:  The People v Najib Razak Ep 84: Clear or cloudy

Many would argue that Guan Eng does not have the Umno DNA to be corrupt, unlike most of the Umno leaders who are facing charges in the court of law. These are the kleptocrats who served themselves instead of the rakyat. These are the thieves who plundered the national coffers. Obviously, Guan Eng does not have the same ‘genes’ to set him on the path of looting.

There is no doubt in my mind the truth will set him free, if he is judged by men of integrity and high moral standing.

It is said when injustice becomes law, resistance becomes a duty.

It is the duty of every patriotic Malaysians not to view what is happening to Guan Eng as an isolated case of selective persecution. Today it is Guan Eng, tomorrow we don’t know who will be targeted next.

That is why it is our duty to stand up in solidarity and oppose injustice whenever it takes place. Together, we can – and must – fight this battle against the backdoor, illegitimate government till the day of persecution is over.

Sign Aliran's 'Save our Democracy" petition
Sign Aliran's petition calling for a review of the decision to grant Riza Aziz a DNAA
Thanks for dropping by! The views expressed in Aliran's media statements and the NGO statements we have endorsed reflect Aliran's official stand. Views and opinions expressed in other pieces published here do not necessarily reflect Aliran's official position.

Our voluntary writers work hard to keep these articles free for all to read. But we do need funds to support our struggle for Justice, Freedom and Solidarity. To maintain our editorial independence, we do not carry any advertisements; nor do we accept funding from dubious sources. If everyone reading this was to make a donation, our fundraising target for the year would be achieved within a week. So please consider making a donation to Persatuan Aliran Kesedaran Negara, CIMB Bank account number 8004240948.
Subscribe
Notify of
guest
5 Comments
Newest
Oldest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Secretary General for 46years
Secretary General for 46years
11 Sep 2020 6.23pm

Lim Guan Eng sudah sign2 lah. Habis cerita dia 🤣🤣

Pat
Pat
11 Sep 2020 4.09pm

Why so defensive (RoketKini like) of someone who has caused great, irreparable and irreversible damage to Penang? After all, the the two land lots given were to Ewein Zenith Sdn Bhd and Zenith Urban Development Sdn Bhd – to enable “development” of the PTMP and/or the mythical undersea tunnel. The charges against Lim Guan Eng, if proven, could mean the end for these destructive projects. If so, I’d like to see justice run its course, instead of premature, impassioned speculations on his (perceived) innocence. Unlike the Rukun Negara’s encompassing “Loyalty to the King and Country”, who or what exactly is the priority here? Unconditional loyalty to Emperor Tokong and his cohorts first and to hell with Penang?

Paul
Paul
11 Sep 2020 8.57am

No 2 ways of old fox doings….

Zed
Zed
11 Sep 2020 7.53am

Cult of LGE. pathetic arrogant…

loyal malaysian
loyal malaysian
10 Sep 2020 11.55am

‘When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes duty’ – hear! hear! Rama!

Yes, Rama as you so aptly put it, if LGE is judged by men of integrity and high moral standing he will have nothing to fear if he is standing upright.
Yet, in this atmosphere of revenge politics of the backdoor governmen, the question is will he?