KAJANG: Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng is trying to divert attention away from his graft charges by insisting snap polls be called in the state this year, says Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai (pic).
Lim has been trying to get his Pakatan Harapan allies to agree to snap polls, though coalition partner PKR remains “unconvinced” of the need to hold the elections.
On Wednesday, Lim, who is also DAP secretary-general, said that a decision on snap polls would not be made unilaterally by DAP. He, however, hoped that PKR did not take “too long” to make a decision, claiming it was “not practical to drag it too long”.
Liow, who is MCA president, has criticised both DAP and PKR for not being able to reach a consensus, adding that the decision on snap polls was more of a “Guan Eng agenda” rather than one for Pakatan.
“Guan Eng is diverting attention and trying to abuse his own power to protect himself by using the rakyat.
“The disintegration of Pakatan here is very obvious. Nobody can go along with Guan Eng’s personal agenda. This isn’t Pakatan’s agenda. They only have agendas for their individual party.
“And so long Pakatan cannot come out with a common agenda how can they be able to get together and benefit the rakyat?” he said during a press conference in Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman on Thursday.
News of snap polls in Penang came after Guang Eng was charged with two counts of corruption.
On Tuesday, PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail said after a party central leadership council meeting that PKR had come up with the decision after taking into account the opinions of civil society.