Guan Eng should ignore BN propaganda and step down

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The Gabungan Rakyat SakSaMa (GRS) appeals to the Penang Chief Minister to think of the DAP, the Opposition and the people.

PRESS STATEMENT We fear that Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng may have been persuaded by the “self-serving” rhetoric and polemics emanating from the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition to stay on in his post against his better judgment. Guan Eng should keep the DAP, the Opposition and the people in mind. He should turn a deaf ear to the hypocritical din from BN.

The emphasis should be on staging a strategic retreat. Let the Penang Assembly pick a new Chief Minister by secret ballot.

Keeping military strategy in mind, we urge the Penang Chief Minister to return to his roots as DAP Secretary-General and remember the purpose of the bayonet. A thrust of the bayonet . . . if you touch cold steel, retract. If you feel warm flesh, thrust it further.

Guan Eng has touched “cold steel” with two corruption charges hanging over his head like “the sword of Damocles”. Instead of letting the sword plunge into his skull, he should strike a strategic retreat.

He can live to fight another day. Don’t let the corruption charges bog down the DAP and the Opposition as happened to Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) for many years from 1991 to 2005.

Jailed de facto Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim is an example. There’s no shame, no humiliation, in retreating. A man is judged not by the manner in which he falls.

A man is judged by the manner in which he rises every time he falls.

If Guan Eng is to rise again, he must know which path he must take in facing the corruption charges that he faces. He can either take the path well-travelled, like that done by then Sabah Chief Minister Joseph Pairin Kitingan in 1991 when he faced three corruption charges, or take the path not that well-travelled.

The path not that well-travelled, was to strike a strategic retreat. If Pairin had done that in 1991, his PBS would still be in power today in Sabah, although perhaps not under him.

The bottomline is that Guan Eng must not see the corruption charges that he faces as being all about him. It’s simplistic to see it as a political conspiracy to destroy his political career.

It’s in fact a political conspiracy to destroy the Opposition, the DAP in particular.

We are confident that DAP will be able to ride the storm that it’s going through as it has done many times since Malaysia in 1963, and particularly in 1965 and 1969. 1965 was the year Singapore exited the Federation and the PAP in Malaya became DAP.

In 1969, the DAP won half the seats in Selangor and did well in Perak and Penang but the formation of BN set the clock back until 2008.


Jack Giau
Gabungan Rakyat SakSaMa (GRS), Kota Kinabalu
Pertubuhan Perpaduan Rakyat Kebangsaan Sabah (Perpaduan), Kota Kinabalu

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