GEORGE TOWN: Barisan Nasional leaders here are not buying the line that all is well with the DAP-PKR partnership in Penang.
They insist that Penang PKR chairman Datuk Mansor Othman is trying to cover up his alleged unsavoury remarks of Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng to hold on to his post as Deputy Chief Minister (1).
Penang Barisan chairman Teng Chang Yeow said Mansor should have stood by his remarks if he had actually labelled Lim as “cocky and arrogant”.
“But he would not have dared (to admit) because he wants to keep his post,” he said yesterday.
Teng said the contents of the minutes of PKR's strategic planning meeting on the general election preparations when Mansor allegedly made the remarks must have been true because they have not been refuted by other PKR attendees.
Penang Barisan publicity bureau chief Tan Cheng Liang viewed Mansor's denial of his remarks as contradicting the call of the Penang Government for freedom of speech.
“It is not freedom of speech if even the deputy chief minister cannot criticise Lim.
“Now he (Lim) is asking Mansor to deny it. Why should Lim jump on this kind of remark? Why is he so sensitive about it?” she said.
Tan said Mansor's unhappiness with Lim's “dominance” proved that Pakatan Rakyat's unity was a lie, with mutual dissatisfaction underlining the alliance.
Penang MCA secretary Lau Chiek Tuan said he expected Mansor to deny his remarks.
“If he (Mansor) says the minutes are false, then he should take action to investigate the matter,” he said.
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