Friday September 21, 2012
Gerakan and DAP trade barbs over duo’s stately homes
By WINNIE YEOH
GEORGE TOWN: Komtar assemblyman Ng Wei Aik should first reveal details about Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng’s residence in Pinhorn Road instead of questioning former Penang Municipal Council (MPPP) president Datuk Tan Gim Hwa about his residence.
State Gerakan Youth vice-chief Tan Kah Leong said it was wrong for Ng to ask about Gim Hwa’s private matters.
“If he (Ng) feels that Gim Hwa had done anything wrong, he should report him to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) or the police, instead of openly defaming him (Gim Hwa),” he said.
Kah Leong said Ng was quoted in a Chinese daily on Wednesday questioning whether Gim Hwa’s condominium unit at Silverton in Gurney Drive was the biggest and how much he had paid for it.
Ng’s statement appeared after Gim Hwa held a press conference on Sept 11 to clear the air about two projects - Midlands Park and Prangin Mall.
Kah Leong said Lim had moved to his current residence in 2009, which is a bungalow in Pinhorn Road by paying a monthly rental of RM4,000 after claiming that the Chief Minister’s official residence Seri Teratai was infested with termites.
“He (Lim) had said he will only be staying in the bungalow temporarily until the termite problem is solved, but it has now been years,” Kah Leong told a press conference in a coffee shop in Burmah Road yesterday.
Also present was Gim Hwa’s son Tan Tee Beng, who is Nibong Tebal MP.
Kah Leong added Ng should explain details about Lim’s rented bungalow as it involved taxpayers’ money.
Tee Beng said his father would answer any doubts related to his residence if Ng could show the tenancy agreement between Lim and the bungalow owner.
“Ng is a Rottweiler. Even though I’m not a pet keeper but I’d entertain him for the sake of my father,” he said.
He also claimed that Ng tried to imply that Gim Hwa was corrupt.
“If he (Ng) has the guts, say it out aloud. I won’t tolerate this kind of accusation,” he said.