Hypocrisy appears like the name of the game, and it’s being played all too well.
I was stunned when a senior director of a multinational giant related his encounter with Penang Chief Minister Saudara Lim Guan Eng.
Director X happened to be in Kuching for a top-level business meet and seems to have had the opportunity to witness the public appearances of Opposition politicians.
Guan Eng, I was told, was also in Kuching to attend the on-going Rulers Conference at the majestic new landmark of the Sarawak State Assembly.
The oldest assembly of elected representatives in Malaysia, another of architect Hijjaz Kasturi’s marvel, sits on a small hill overlooking the Sarawak River that cuts across Kuching.
The globe-trotting corporate player was indeed awed when he watched the Chief Minister being picked up from his hotel in an ordinary Proton (not the high-end Perdana, Satria Neo and the likes).
Other Menteri Besar and Chief Ministers, I was told, were driven around in imported luxury cars.
He vouched that it was an ‘old Proton’ that Guan Eng hopped into and was driven by DAP Kuching MP Chong Chieng Jin.
DAP seems to be walking their talk?
But Guan Eng’s father Lim Kit Siang and the rest of the gang including the current Chief Minister of Penang were against the National car project and even the Penang Bridge which they ply daily now.
Look for the labels they pasted on these national projects then, and compare with the unfolding drama more than two decades later.
On the Sarawak front, Chong is also an ardent critic of the new RM300 million Dewan Undangan Negeri.
Persekutuan Tanah Melayu, Sarawak, North Borneo (Sabah) and Singapura got together and formed the Federation of Malaysia in 1963, the DUN was also known as Council Negeri of Sarawak.
For a start now, please verify if MP Chong Chieng Jin actually drives an ‘old Proton’ in Kuching.
Tell me if I’m wrong, but I think he doesn’t.
p/s Another little bird told me that PKR Padungan state assemblyman Dominique Ng also drove an ‘old Proton’ to the opening of the new DUN building by DYMM Yang Di-Pertuan Agong, a day before the Rulers Conference.
The bird said he was in dark suit and brown shoes, and had exchanged his imported Toyota 6-seater for the ‘old Proton’, for that particular appearance.
This is indeed very interesting. Please tell me more.
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