Dear Marcus Lim,
I'm writing this letter as a father of a teenage son of about your age.
I'm writing this open letter to you so that you could have some broader perspective of the issues surrounding you and your family.
I'm in no position to be certain if you are guilty or innocent of the accusations leveled against you i.e. the molest of a fellow student at the Heng Ee Chinese Secondary School in Penang.
I would however give you the benefit of the doubt, based purely on the denial of your former school headmaster Goh Boon Poh that no such incident had taken place.
I take it that you must be an innocent boy who is caught in a political web.
I'm sure you are old enough to understand simple logic, and differentiate facts from fiction.
My observation of this damning issue from day one clearly points that you have been purposely dragged into this by none other than your father Lim Guan Eng, followed by his father and your grandfather Lim Kit Siang.
Basically DAP and Pakatan Rakyat are using or rather abusing you for their political survival.
Why am I saying so?
If I had been in your father's position on the first day when members of the Press asked Lim Guan Eng to respond to those 'wild allegations' against you, I would have set the record straight. I wouldn't have kept mum.
I would have defended my son (knowing well that he is innocent and was merely a target of my political enemies - as your father said). I would have called for an immediate investigation by lodging reports to the police and the State Education Department.
At the Press conference, I would have categorically denied that Marcus Lim is not a person of such character and I would have initiated immediate legal action against all those who were tarnishing your image and character in cyberspace.
As a father, I wouldn't have kept mum!
But your dad, Lim Guan Eng, chose not to defend you. Don't you wonder WHY?
Read below how your father deliberately dragged you into the mess.
It is none other than your dad Lim Guan Eng who seems to have exploited the situation and your innocence, for his and the DAP's political survival.
At least your mother Betty Chew could have come to your defense and explained the situation like any mother would have done, but being a politician herself your mother merely said "Please ask the CM about it".
This is your father's political statement made in Kuala Lumpur more than 24-hours later :-
My son had transferred to St Xavier Institution in Penang from Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Cina Heng Yee because I had promised him that he could transfer to the school of his choice if he scored at least 6As in his PMR. When he achieved that, he was transferred at the beginning of the school term this year in January 2011. My son wanted to go to St Xavier because he did not want to have his hair crew-cut as is required for Heng Yee students but wanted to keep his hair longer.
In this modern world, it is difficult for a young kid growing up, especially so when his father is a Chief Minister targeted daily by the pro-BN
My son is very shaken up by these lies. He has also not gone back to school for two days. I feel sad and that I am not able to protect my young son from these pro-UMNO ferocious beasts.
I urge these ferocious pro-UMNO beasts not to prey on the innocence of my young children. If you want to finish me off, do your worst to me but leave my innocent children alone. UMNO politicians have children too and DAP have never gone for their children and do not intend to so.
Amongst some UMNO leaders who highligted this shameful episode in the blogs is Bukit Gelugor(Penang) UMNO Division vice-chairman Dr Novandri Hasan Basri. He was then followed by many UMNO leaders rehashing the lies. Sadly even UMNO Youth chief Khairy Jamaludin joined in these shameful lies by poking fun at my son with this tweet:-
@Khairykj Khairy Jamaluddin
@PapaGomo Mungkin dia roboh Kampung Buah Pala sebab nak ganti dengan Kampung Buah Dada.
Why drag-in Umno, Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister and every passing pro-government blogger when the actual issue was one where a school boy was purportedly a victim of malicious lies on cyberspace?
If you notice carefully, the group of politicians led by the DAP secretary general are barking out aloud condemning and criticising UMNO and BN. They are not defending you!
Instead of lodging a police report against those "malicious lies" on cyberspace, your father's party leaders have lodged police reports against the Umno Youth chief.
Can you now see the game your father is playing, with you as the pawn?
Your father Lim Guan Eng the DAP secretary general doesn't appear to be relenting in his pursuit of wanting to derive the most from your misery.
He has now launched a scathing attack against the Deputy Prime Minister for suggesting that a police report should be lodged to clear your name.
I really pity you and the fact that you innocence has been wrecked by a bunch of politicians but be rest assured that your father is not a politician. A desperate politician happens to be your father.
I believe you are living among a pack of political animals that won't spare anything to satisfy their lust for power.
God bless you, Marcus.
p/s I would like to believe that you are an innocent boy and I'm sorry if this letter offends you in any way. TQ