DAP playing media dodgeball with BN over ‘failed state’ claim

“We are disappointed that despite four top DAP leaders responding to our statement with various rhetoric and diversion, none of our questions were actually answered”

Barisan Nasional (BN) today accused the DAP of playing media dodgeball.

In a statement, the ruling coalition’s strategic communications team accused DAP leaders of failing to answer questions it had repeatedly posed to Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng.


The questions pertained the state administration’s financing and revenue streams, which BN insists are from the wanton sale of state land to the tune of RM37 billion since Guan Eng first established government in 2008.

“We are disappointed that despite four top DAP leaders responding to our statement with various rhetoric and diversion, none of our questions were actually answered.

The team’s frustration stems from the fact that everyone but Guan Eng seems to be offering statements, with none giving point-for-point explanations to questions raised or claims made.

“All these questions are relevant to the future of Penang and its people ― especially in light of the recent confirmation by the state government that yearly state operating expenses have increased 500 per cent since DAP took over in 2008,” the team said.

The statement follows a media stunt by DAP supremo Lim Kit Siang, who undertook yesterday to ‘address’ claims made by BN that the state of Penang was failing due to mounting debt pressures brought about by the leadership of his son.

The dramatic twist saw the senior Lim defending his son’s administration by saying Penangites would never agree to the idea that their state was headed for bankruptcy.

“Are the Penang BN leaders seriously suggesting that Penang is becoming a failed and bankrupt state? That Penang is worse than Kelantan, Terengganu, Perlis, Kedah, Pahang, Malacca, Negri Sembilan or Johor?

“Ask the people all over the Penang state whether Penang is becoming a failed and bankrupt state, and the answer is a categorical ‘No’ among the overwhelming majority of Penangites, including Barisan Nasional members, except for the few Penang Barisan Nasional leaders who have eyes that see not and ears that hear not,” the senior Lim said.

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