GEORGE TOWN – Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng (pic) is facing a backlash for saying he would offer a wheelchair or crutches to MCA president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai.
Penang MCA said Lim should at least respect his position as a chief minister before uttering such words.
Its chairman Datuk Tan Teik Cheng said Lim who later declared he was “just joking” was simply trying to mask his vicious words.
“His language is not surprising. His slurs do not bring any benefit to him and anyone,” Tan added in a statement yesterday.
Its president Datuk Patrick Ooi said that as a public figure and leader, Lim has to be mindful of the words he uses.
“His remark is a curse in Chinese custom and it should not be taken lightly,” said Ooi, adding that Lim was being insensitive to wheelchair-bound people.
At a DAP dinner in Seremban on Oct 28, Lim said the many announcements for the Chinese community in Budget 2018 came to nothing and pointed the finger at MCA.
He was quoted by a Chinese daily that if he had met Liow in the corridors of Parliament after the tabling of the Budget, he would have offered him a wheelchair or crutches to help him through the “last mile”.
Later, Lim told a reporter he was only targeting Liow and not disabled people.