Press Statement By Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng In Komtar, George Town On 30.11.2014.
Police reports will be lodged against Penang UMNO leaders like UMNO Permatang Pauh Division Chairman Datuk Mohd Zaidi Mohd Said, for criminal defamation and seditious lies made with malicious intent to incite racial hatred, including lies that the political and economic strength of the Chinese in Penang comes from illegal economic activities such as illegal gambling, prostitution and entertainment outlets. The Penang state government is under no illusions that any action will be taken by the Federal government against UMNO leaders.
Despite the likelihood that no action will be taken, police reports must be lodged for the record to defend the dignity and honour of the people of Penang, including the Chinese community who are being taunted by such humiliation. Everyone in Penang can succeed whether Chinese, Malay or Indian, if they are honest and work hard. To accuse the Chinese who have succeeded as being engaged in illegal activity is an insult and contempt towards those who are clean, honest and hard-working.
Furthermore, the Penang Chief Police Officer Datuk Abdul Rahim Hanafi denied in today’s papers that there were such illegal activities in Penang. As late as the end of last month, Datuk Abdul Rahim even stressed, "For the record, Penang has zero illegal gambling machines” . Such baseless allegation by Datuk Zaidi, is also an attack on the police in Penang for being so ineffective that such lawlessness or illegal activity exists?
UMNO leaders like Datuk Zaidi have openly displayed their hatred for the Chinese community. Datuk Zaidi now tries to twist and turn, by claiming that he was not referring to the Penang Chinese but was referring to the failure of the enforcement authorities to take action. Datuk Zaidi even said that he had already explained this to his friends in MCA and Gerakan.
Datuk Zaidi is a coward, who is lying a second time by not daring to admit his racist attacks against the Chinese, especially when he had said in his speech that if the enforcement action was taken, only then the Chinese will fear the BN government. I would like to ask MCA and Gerakan, whom Datuk Zaidi has contacted them as his friends, whether MCA and Gerakan accepts their friend’s (Datuk Zaidi) explanation and easily forgives him for his vile lies against the Chinese?
Until now, both Penang UMNO and Datuk Mohd Zaidi have failed to show proof or the location where these illegal criminal activities are, whether inside or outside Permatang Pauh. Instead, Datuk Mohd offered to take me personally to visit the illegal gambling, prostitution and entertainment outlets.
This is ridiculous. Are UMNO leaders that ignorant as not to know that it is the police’s responsibility to fight such illegal activities, which is under the control of the BN Federal government? Datuk Mohd Zaidi Mohd Said should stop pretending that he does not know I have no powers over the police, but should have the courage to give information of illegal gambling, prostitution and entertainment outlets to the Penang Chief Police Officer.
UMNO have clearly given up on winning the Chinese votes and have now decided to treat them with contempt, with lies and insults. MCA, Gerakan and MIC have shown that they are without any shred of honour and dignity by continuing to stick to and support such a racist and extremist party that bullies and threatens ordinary Malaysians.
LIM GUEN ENG