KUALA LUMPUR, Jul 1 – DAP’s Central Executive Committee (CEC) said Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng, who was charged with two counts of corruption on Thursday, need not take leave from his post as the Penang Chief Minister. DAP acting chairman Tan Kok Wai said there was no reason for Lim to step down as he has no influence or control over the prosecution.
He said CEC believes that the charges to be completely baseless and nothing more than an attempt to topple the democratically-elected chief minister of Penang, as well as to destabilise the party. He added that it “expresses its full and unflinching support” for Lim to continue leading the party as its secretary-general.
Tan said DAP has announced that a national committee would be formed for a “Support, Sympathy and Solidarity with Lim Guan Eng” campaign, chaired by Anthony Loke with Zairil Khir Johari as secretary and Teo Nie Ching as treasurer, and with all state chairpersons and secretaries as members.
In additional, Lim said charges pressed against him was meant to further weaken the opposition. He said DAP would not organise any street demonstration but would just explain the matter to the people through its campaign. He said this when asked whether street rallies would be held. He added they would hold a briefing session for the public at the Dewan Sri Penang at 10am on this Sunday.