GEORGE TOWN: A Barisan Nasional backbencher stood up in the Penang state assembly meeting and showed support for Lim Guan Eng (PH- Air Putih) by saying that those who make mistakes should correct them.
Datuk Seri Reezal Merican Naina Merican (BN-Bertam) said that he wondered if the contents of an old Barisan book linking Guan Eng and his father Lim Kit Siang to the late Communist Party of Malaya leader Chin Peng were true.
"Wrong is wrong and if you say something you must own up. If you think that it is right, stand up and fight, but if you think that it is wrong, stand down and tender your apology,” said Reezal Merican.
"People must correct their mistakes," he added, referring to Kepala Batas MP Siti Mastura Mohamad, who recently alleged that Guan Eng is related to Chin Peng, whose name is actually Ong Boon Hua.
This came after the mood at the Penang State Legislative Assembly heated up on Tuesday (Nov 21) due to a dispute between Guan Eng and Opposition leader Muhammad Fauzi Yussoff.
Muhammad Fauzi had mentioned the book and said that Guan Eng should sue the source of the book as it is the cause of fake news.
Guan Eng responded that Umno deputy president Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan had said he was not aware of the existence of the book.
''I had a discussion with Tok Mat; I asked him and he did not know anything about this book. The Kepala Batas MP stubbornly wants to use this accusation. Is PAS a party that uses slander and makes personal attacks on me and my family," he said.
On Thursday (Nov 16), Bersatu's Datuk Wan Saiful Wan Jan said Barisan published a book called "BN Communications Campaign Material" prior to the 15th General Election last year in which it allegedly linked DAP members to Chin Peng.
On Nov 14, Siti Mastura was summoned by the police to give her statement over her claims that Guan Eng has family ties with the late Chin Peng.
Her lawyer Ahmad Amzar Ahmad Azlan later said that the police asked her about 10 questions.
During a campaign speech recently, Siti Mastura linked Guan Eng and his wife to other DAP leaders, such as Anthony Loke, Teresa Kok, Nga Kor Ming and Datuk Ngeh Koo Ham.
She claimed that DAP supremo Kit Siang was a cousin of former Singapore prime minister, the late Lee Kuan Yew.