GEORGE TOWN: ‘Laugh at me, but not at the Penangites.’
This was Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng’s message to state opposition leaders who criticised the way he treated Barisan Nasional leaders who visited flood-hit Penang recently.
Lim told reporters that he does not mind critics putting him on the spot and laughing at him.
“It is ok laugh at me, but never (laugh) at the victims, the Penangites who are suffering from the flood.
“What we should be focusing on is how everyone can bounce back from this disaster,” he said during a press conference at the State Legislative Assembly here today.
He was responding to state BN leaders who criticised Lim’s warm hospitality towards Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and other ministers who visited Penang recently.
Earlier, Datuk Roslan Saidin (BN-Pinang Tunggal) showed to the press pictures of Lim greeting Najib and Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.
During the debate session in the afternoon, Datuk Mahmud Zakaria (BN-Sungai Acheh) showed to the assembly pictures of Lim embracing Zahid.
“Just look at how he (Lim) hugged our deputy prime minister so tightly.
“What is more surprising is how he shook (Datin Seri) Rosmah Mansor’s hands. Remember how Lim reacted to them in the past? This is definitely a lesson for him,” he added.