Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Lim Guan Eng's Muddled Logic

On Sunday, August 8, I called on PAS to withdraw from the state Pakatan Rakyat if it wins the Permatang Pasir by-election and the DAP-led Penang government still refuses to appoint its assemblyperson to the state Exco.

Yesterday, Chief Minister YAB Lim Guan Eng, perhaps fatigued from the Kg Buah Pala fiasco that has exposed his shortcomings as a leader for all Penangites, utilised bewildering logic when he retorted by asking me to resign from all party posts since I was not appointed to the Cabinet despite my election as leader of Umno Youth.

As Chief Minister, I am certain YAB Lim is aware that there is a stark difference between a party as an institution – what PAS is – and one individual who leads a party’s wing – yours truly.

And in any case, Umno Youth, the institution, is represented in the Cabinet – my Deputy YB Dato’ Razali Ibrahim is Deputy Minister of Youth and Sports. It is an honour for Umno Youth to have a place in the Federal Government. PAS, on the other hand, is completely unrepresented at the state government level.

I suspect the Chief Minister sacrificed plain truth in order to taunt me and in his eagerness to deliver that elusive sucker punch which landed miles wide, YAB Lim may have tripped over himself.

In comparing PAS’s absence from the Penang Exco with that of the leader of Umno Youth from the Cabinet, he has not merely insulted PAS and the people’s intelligence to distinguish one from the other, but also sent out an implicit message to PAS that he does not intend to change the status quo.

The Penang State government will remain a DAP-PKR affair, and not a genuine Pakatan Rakyat partnership.

My initial challenge to PAS remains and is not affected by the DAP’s Secretary-General sticking his beak in with an incongruent comparison and incoherent logic. If PAS is indeed happy to be left out of the government, let its own leaders say so.

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