PUTRAJAYA: The Opposition should own up to its shortcomings and not play the victim to gain public sympathy, says Datuk Seri Abdul Rahman Dahlan (pic).
"The problem with the Opposition is that everything that goes wrong for them, it has to be Umno's fault. If that is the case, they can get away with anything even when it is a clear breach of the law," he told reporters after launching the Statistics Department's "Malaysian Economy In Figures 2017" handbook here on Tuesday.
The Barisan Nasional strategic communications director was asked to comment on the recent fracas at the Nothing To Hide 2.0 forum on Sunday.
The forum descended into chaos when slippers, a shoe, bottles and a chair were thrown and two flares were flung into the crowd at the Dewan Raja Muda Musa hall in Shah Alam when Pakatan Harapan chairman Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad was speaking.
A total of 10 people have since been detained by the police over the incident.
Abdul Rahman cited the corruption charges against Penang chief minister Lim Guan Eng as an example of the Opposition seeking public sympathy.
"Some are notorious and look for sympathy to the extent of going around asking for donations for their defence. The people should wake up and realise that they are playing games and looking for sympathy," he added.
He said that Lim should use the court to clear his name rather than delay the case.
Lim had on June 30, 2016 claimed trial at the George Town High Court to two charges of corrupt practices.
He was charged with obtaining gratification for himself and his wife Betty Chew by approving the conversion of two lots of agricultural land belonging to Magnificent Emblem into residential development while chairing a state Planning Committee meeting on July 18, 2014.
Lim faces another charge for allegedly using his position to obtain gratification by purchasing his bungalow in Pinhorn Road from businesswoman Phang Li Koon at RM2.8mil, below the market value of RM4.27mil, on July 28, 2015.
Phang is charged with abetment. Both Lim and Phang have pleaded not guilty to the charges.
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