Shameful! Immature! Bad example! Wild!
These were some of the terms Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng used to describe Pahang Menteri Besar Adnan Yaakob’s fist-fight dare to DAP lawmaker Tengku Zulpuri Shah when an argument erupted over floods in the state assembly yesterday.
“I wish to express my disappointment and condemn Adnan’s violent action… It is sad that Adnan resorted to such a wild move because he failed to counter the arguments of Tengku Zulpuri.
“It is extremely shameful when a menteri besar fails to act in a mature manner and with integrity in the House… and sets a bad example for Malaysians that violence is a solution,” he said.
Lim, who is also DAP secretary-general, said Adnan should have cited the floods in Penang as an example of how political differences do not prevent cooperation to ensure the safety of the people.
“I am confident that no developed civilization teaches people to abandon debates and resort to violence,” he added in a statement.
The chief minister also criticised Adnan for blaming the floods in Penang on the Oktoberfest as in the beer bash courting divine retribution.
“This is also shocking because Oktoberfest has been organised for 45 years without problems. Do not belittle the intelligence of Malaysians,” he said.
Expressing solidarity with Tengku Zulpuri, Lim praised the manner in which the state’s de facto opposition leader responded to Adnan’s outburst.
“In fact, he (Tengku Zulpuri) even said that he is willing to be punched and would not retaliate. This is the trait of a mature leader with integrity who is willing to face anything for the people.
“I hope this incident would open the eyes of Malaysians to choose the best leaders,” he added.
The row erupted in the state assembly when Tengku Zulpuri said the Pahang government should allocate more funds to resolve Mentakab’s flood woes.
Tengku Zulpuri is the assemblyperson for Mentakab.