PETALING JAYA: Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan (pic) has expressed shock at Penang DAP leaders mulling the possibility of holding snap state polls to gauge public support for Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng, who was charged with corruption.
“Doing it now is yet another cheap political stunt from them. Just like the donation campaign and the political persecution claim,” the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department said on Twitter on Monday.
He said DAP should instead start identifying a new Chief Minister in case the court decides that Lim is guilty.
Abdul Rahman further questioned the decision to hold snap elections now as “if the snap election is a referendum of support for Lim’s leadership, don’t you think it should be done after the court’s decision?”.
“At least the voters will have full knowledge and understanding of the evidence presented in court. Thus, they will vote as informed voters,” he said.
It was reported that DAP had proposed two options in response to the corruption charges filed against Lim.
Penang Deputy Chief Minister II P. Ramasamy was reported as saying that one option was to call for snap state elections and the other was to wait for the upcoming national elections, to be called by August 2018.
Lim has claimed trial to using his position as a public servant to obtain gratification for himself and his wife Betty Chew by approving an application by Magnificent Emblem to convert two lots of agricultural land in the southwest district for residential purposes during a state planning committee meeting on July 18, 2014.
He also denied another charge of using his position to obtain gratification by purchasing his house from businesswoman Phang Li Koon for RM2.8mil, which was below the property’s market value of RM4.27mil on July 28, 2015.