GEORGE TOWN: Looking paler than usual, Lim Guan Eng, addressed the press on Thursday afternoon for the first time since he was arrested.
“For the time being, I will remain Penang Chief Minister. But the state DAP committee will have a meeting to decide,” he said to a question.
Asked if he personally felt he should step down, he said was he would let the party decide.
Lim maintained his innocence and expressed his disappointment at being charged.
“I did not see this coming because we gave our fullest cooperation to the authorities and explained everything,” he said.
When he first took the microphone, Lim, who is also DAP secretary-general, sounded weary, but picked up steam when he declared that he would fight the case to the end.
“I would rather die standing than live on bended knees,” he told the packed conference, flanked my many Pakatan Harapan leaders.
The press conference was held in City Hall, 150m from the courthouse.
Lim would not say if he was given a bed or proper meals on Wednesday night following his arrest, and denied that he was beaten.
“When you are denied your freedom, such things do not matter,” he said.