Amanah supports Kedah gaming ban, so Lim Guan Eng must stop diverting attention


  • Letters
  • Thursday, 18 Nov 2021

PARTI Amanah Negara (Amanah), a close ally of DAP, has expressed support for the announcement by the PAS Kedah state government to prohibit licensed gaming in the state.

DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng must stop trying to sow confusion and divert attention by aiming the arrow at MCA and Barisan Nasional.

This ban has nothing to do with MCA and Barisan. Yet the Bagan MP tries to nail them for some flimsy reason and expects MCA to be accountable for everything!

The PAS Kedah state administration’s decision to discontinue renewing licences of gaming operators and not issue new licences falls within the ambit of local authorities under the state government.

The Federal Government has no jurisdiction to intervene.

How could Guan Eng, an immediate past chief minister of Penang, fail to comprehend this fact? Or is he feigning ignorance in an attempt to shift blame to Putrajaya?

What’s more, among those who expressed support for the decision in the Kedah State Legislative Assembly were two assemblymen from Amanah, the so-called moderate ally of DAP. Why does Guan Eng maintain elegant silence on his ally?

This incident once again indicates the former finance minister’s double standards besides DAP’s powerlessness within Pakatan Harapan.

These are evidenced as DAP dares not, nor does it have the ability to, oppose any action taken by its allies.

In typical DAP fashion, the Rocket diverts attention by blasting opponents to mask its incompetence.

Akin to the Timah whiskey brand name issue, the entire incident was sparked by an Amanah wakil rakyat. A PKR MP explicitly and erroneously claimed that "drinking Timah is like drinking a Malay woman."

In both incidents, DAP which includes Guan Eng did not have the courage to rebuke its allies, but as always, overlooks the brewing conservatism within PH, and slams MCA and Barisan instead.

DATUK TAN TEIK CHENG

MCA Vice President

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