Media statement by Lim Guan Eng in Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday, 18th January 2012:
Chua Soi Lek should state which seat he is standing in the next general elections
MCA President Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek should state which seat he is contesting in the next general elections so that we can see his response if DAP does a "Liow Tiong Lai act" by declaring confidence in defeating Chua. DAP is not interested in playing the boastful games of MCA, when the only one making political challenges is the MCA and not DAP.
I wish to remind MCA President Chua Soi Lek that MCA's Health Minister Liow Tiong Lai is the only one who issued a political challenge by boasting that MCA is confident of winning my present parliamentary seat of Bagan. When asked by Malaysian Insider I said that,
"I will not comment further on Liow's challenge unless Liow Tiong Lai himself or MCA Vice-President and Penang MCA Chair Ng Yen Yen is contesting in Bagan. Let Liow continue his boastful remarks. I will not indulge in MCA's boastful games as I wish to focus on serving the voters in my constituency and the people of Penang."
Unlike MCA, DAP has not engaged in political games by boasting we will win or beat Liow in Bentong or Ng Yen Yen in Raub. Only MCA is making all these boasts. We therefore hope that Chua Soi Lek will stop deceiving the public on this matter. Will Chua Soi Lek dare to announce which seat he is contesting, then let me go to that constitutency and repeat Liow's remarks that we are confident of defeating Chua then see how Chua will respond?
This is not the first time that the MCA President has failed to keep his promise, during his political comeback after his resignation for personal reasons, that he will not again deceive the people especially those around him. Chua had lied of PR and DAP mismanaging the financial administration of Penang resulting in budget deficits.
This is typical of MCA's deceptive politics where black becomes white and white become black. Penang has no budget deficits but had recorded budget surpluses every year for the four years we are in power, certified by the Auditor-General Report. In fact Penang remains the only state in Malaysia to be praised by Transparency International for our efforts in implementing open tender to battle corruption.
*Lim Guan Eng, DAP Secretary General & MP for Bagan