PETALING JAYA: Lim Guan Eng should provide evidence over the proposed tunnel project in the state instead of threatening legal action to shut up an MP, said MCA.
Its Religious Harmony Bureau chief Datuk Ti Lian Ker said the Penang Chief Minister should produce or open up the negotiations process in an open, transparent and accountable manner.
“To threaten an MP with a legal suit and intimidate a fellow political partner goes against the grain of democracy and transparency.
“It is disturbing to see a chief minister resorting to political and legal means as a tool to shield himself from public scrutiny,” said Ti.
He urged Lim, who is also DAP secretary-general, to come clean on allegations that Penang had recorded a budget deficit for six years.
In George Town, Lim said he had given PAS syura council member Nasrudin Hassan 24 hours to withdraw his allegations on the awarding of the project and apologise.
“We will wait for Nasrudin to respond first,” said Lim, adding that failing which, he would instruct his lawyers to take legal action for defamation.
On Wednesday, Nasrudin defended Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim by questioning why the Selangor Mentri Besar was criticised over the Kinrara-Damansara Expressway (Kidex) project when the Penang government faced no such backlash over its tunnel project.
He also claimed that the tunnel project was given the green light despite Penang’s RM255.4mil budget deficit.
Both PAS and DAP are at loggerheads over Khalid’s position as mentri besar.
Lim said the tunnel project costing RM3.6bil was awarded through open tender and that the state government under Pakatan Rakyat had never recorded a single year of budget deficit.
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