PETALING JAYA: DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng has been slammed for trying to provoke a spat between the MCA president and a party veteran.
“(Lim’s) latest act was to come between MCA president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai and MCA life president Tun Dr Ling Liong Sik by sensationalising news that the general public is eager to see whether the president will come to the assistance of the party veteran.
“It shows how low a politician like Lim can stoop to and how unbefitting it is of him as the numero uno of a political party,” said MCA deputy national organising secretary Senator Datuk Chai Kim Sen in a statement yesterday.
Chai also condemned Lim’s alleged “support” for Dr Ling as an opportunity to belittle Liow, pointing out that DAP had been criticising and condemning Dr Ling for decades.
“Obviously, Lim’s reputation had taken a heavy beating due to the recent dog-culling order, the withdrawal of multinational companies from Penang and even the marginalisation of his own party leaders.
“In order to do some damage control to his heavenly image, he had no choice, but to divert public attention by attempting to repackage himself as a saviour in the PM vs Tun Ling case,” said Chai.
Lim is also the Penang Chief Minister.
In the statement, Chai also criticised Lim’s actions in coming down hard on DAP leaders who are not aligned to him, such as Dr Boo Cheng Hau in Johor, Sim Tong Him and Goh Leong San in Malacca and Lee Guan Aik in Kedah.
On Friday, Lim said DAP was willing to help Dr Ling in his suit against Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak if MCA and Liow would not do so.
Najib filed the libel suit against Dr Ling over remarks implying that he had misused public funds for personal interests.
Dr Ling had accepted Najib’s challenge and said he looked forward to seeing the Umno president in court.