GEORGE TOWN, Nov 6 – DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng, who is also current Penang Chief Minister, has proposed state DAP chairman Chow Kon Yeow as the right candidate to take over as the next Penang chief minister if Lim is ousted through the Barisan Nasional’s “dirty scheme”.
Lim, the party secretary-general, told delegates to the annual Penang DAP convention this morning that they ought to support Chow if “BN succeeds in their attacks” to kill his political career. Lim has been charged on two counts of corruption involving his purchase of a RM2.8 million bungalow in George Town and a related transaction for land conversion.
He has often described the corruption charges as being politically motivated and a calculated move by BN to kill his political career. He said whether BN succeeds in its attacks against him, they can expect more to come. He also said that they will standing together against BN but they will not bow nor yield nor surrender. Lim was reported as saying in July that Chow would be “naturally” his choice.
Chow is executive councillor for local government and a two-term state assemblyman for Padang Kota. On June 30, Lim was charged at the High Court with using his public office or position to obtain gratification for himself and his wife, Betty Chew, by approving an application by Magnificent Emblem Sdn Bhd to convert agricultural land for residential purposes during a state exco meeting on July 18, 2014.
Lim was also alleged to have used his position to obtain gratification by purchasing a bungalow from businesswoman Phang Li Koon at RM2.8 million, which was below the property’s market value of RM4.7 million on July 28, 2015. Lim and Phang have pleaded not guilty.