Raggie Jessy Rithaudeen
Lim Guan Eng is advised to relinquish his positions as Finance Minister and DAP secretary-general with immediate effect as the chances of him being arrested on charges of corruption and power abuse is very high.
Lim is also advised to come clean on his misdemeanours and crimes as Minister of Finance and as the Chief Minister of Penang, including those involving the famed RM6.23 billion Penang Undersea Tunnel project and attempts to pit the non-Muslims against the Muslims through racially and religiously charged slurs and publications.
There is a lot of dirt on the table. Lim could be looking at 20 or so years behind bars assuming the judge goes easy on him.
As for Dato Seri Anwar Ibrahim, the crimes are many, including (but not necessarily limited to):
1. alleged homosexual acts “against the order of nature” with “toy boys” in Jakarta and “carnal intercourse against the order of nature” on home ground,
2. the alleged issuance and (or) sale of fake share certificates during his term as Minister of Finance
3. the alleged falsification of critical financial reports having to do with the nineties forex scandal, and
4. the alleged mediation of firearms purchases involving Dato’ Ishak Ismail and a company linked to Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
Plans are also afoot for a nationwide exodus of disgruntled DAP assemblymen and parliamentarians who’re disillusioned with the party’s Central Executive Committee (CEC) and its role in promoting factionalism.
Many in the DAP seem to believe that the rape charge against Perak exco Paul Yong Choo Kiong was trumped up by a Nga Kor Ming led group that seems determined to oust Perak Menteri Besar Ahmad Faizal Azumu on account of his relationship with Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
According to a source, Paul conforms to a faction in Perak that no longer believes in Guan Eng’s leadership of the DAP.
The Tanjung Piai by-election, which saw a near 40 per cent swing of the Chinese ballot towards the MCA, was a clear sign that the community too has lost faith in Guan Eng’s leadership.
His incessant lies on the state of affairs relating to the country’s finances cost billions in potential investment dollars and billions more from the outflow of crucial investment funds.
Anwar too contributed to the outflow by giving investors the impression that the country was in a state of turmoil with chances of there being a “complete collapse of the federal administration.”
He did this by getting the likes of Syed Husin Ali to pressure Mahathir over a non-existent transition agreement that purportedly states Anwar would be made Prime Minister in two years.
Mahathir has repeatedly maintained that he would step down before his full term is up. Anwar, however, keeps bringing the issue up during press conferences without once offering to help with economic reforms.
This has given foreigners the impression that Anwar, once Minister of Finance, is determined to take over the role of Prime Minister as he feels he can resolve the country’s economic woes better than the present government can.
But the locals are not buying it.
The Chinese, Indians and Malay-Muslims have grown tired of his obsession with becoming Prime Minister and are convinced that the obsession has nothing to do with resolving economic woes or fulfilling manifesto pledges.
If it had, Anwar would never have declined to be part of “Mahathir’s government” by telling reporters that he preferred to take a break and wait until he himself became Prime Minister.
The Chinese are also willing to give the MCA “a second chance” despite knowing of its alliance with PAS, proving once and for all that the community is sick and tired of the DAP and no longer pays attention to its leaders’ Islamophobic rants.
The long and short is this – both Lim and Anwar should take direct blame for PH’s disastrous outing in Tanjung Piai instead of trying to pin the blame on someone else.
Anwar should also abandon plans to become Prime Minister and announce his retirement from politics a.s.a.p before he experiences de ja vu and finds himself in a predicament much worse than what he experienced back in 1998.
The clock is ticking…