BUTTERWORTH, May 1 – Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said he will help PKR president Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail look after Permatang Pauh should she win in the by-election in the parliamentary constituency on May 7. Lim, who is also DAP secretary-general, said as for the Kajang state seat, of which Dr Wan Azizah is the assemblyman, Selangor Menteri Besar and PKR deputy president Azmin Ali could do the same if Dr Wan Azizah was too busy.
The issue was raised by the Barisan Nasional which said it would be difficult for her to wear “two hats” if she were to prevail in the by-election. On another matter, Lim said it would not be easy for the Pakatan Rakyat (made up of DAP, PKR and PAS) to abolish the Goods and Service Tax if they were to come into power and that it would likely take them at least three years to do so (after taking Putrajaya).
The GST, at a rate of six per cent as compared to the Sales and Services tax which total 16 per cent, was introduced on April 1. The Permatang Pauh by-election sees a four-cornered fight involving Suhaimi Sabudin from the Barisan Nasional, Dr Wan Azizah, Azman Shah Othman (Parti Rakyat Malaysia) and Salleh Isahak (Independent).