MCA Youth chief Chong Sin Woon has apologised for his remarks earlier today about Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng and the flood which devastated the state.
“As Penangites were injured by my words, I apologise.
“MCA’s Crisis Relief Squad (CRSM), Penang MCA and Youthcare Movement Malaysia are going to help with the flood relief,” Chong said in a Facebook post written in Chinese.
It was marked with a hashtag that translates to “God bless Penang.”
The posting also showed a video excerpt of Chong’s speech at the MCA annual general assembly in Kuala Lumpur earlier today.
Chong had poked fun at Lim’s alleged failure to tackle Penang’s flood problems despite his “deity-like” status.
“We saw Lim Guan Eng made a video in the early hours appealing for assistance from the federal government.
“(Despite being) ‘deity-like’…he is not as powerful as he claims to be in solving the flood problem.
“Therefore, don’t fight the heavens, even if you’re a deity,” he had said.
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Chong’s remark was an apparent reference to Lim’s nickname “tokong” (deity), first coined by his then disgruntled deputy chief minister Mansor Othman in 2012.
At the time, Mansor complained about Lim being arrogant due to his “tokong” status in the Chinese community, but later claimed the reference was a compliment.
Early this morning, Lim, clad in a yellow raincoat, said he had contacted Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi at 3.30am to request for the Malaysian Armed Forces to be deployed for flood relief efforts.
Lim had described the flooding as unprecedented. The Penang Water Supply Corporation said the rainfall yesterday, at 315mm, was the highest recorded in the state’s history.
At least five people have been killed by the floods, four of whom were senior citizens.