When Ku Nan said that Penang should be made into Federal Territory, Johor-born Penang Chief Minister from Malacca, who has been charged in court for corruption, Lim Guan Eng, went on a campaign asking Penangites to love Penang.
The campaign has been ridiculed and scorned by original Penangites.
I made it a point to pen down the fact that Guan Eng was born in Johor Baru in 1960 and went to the Batu Pahat High School and Malacca High School.
Although he was the Kota Melaka MP for three terms with consecutively reduced majority, the Malacca DAP discarded him and his wife Betty Chew Gek Cheng like trash.
He came out last in the 2005 Malacca DAP committee elections.
Even his wife Betty Chew beat him to take the second-last spot.
Therefore, while Betty Chew being DAP supremo Lim Kit Siang’s daughter-in-law was spared being in the last position, Kit Siang’s own son was trash in the eyes of Malacca DAP.
Sensing that he could get trashed in the 2008 general elections if he continued to contest in Kota Melaka, he ran to Penang to contest at the Bagan parliamentary and Air Putih state seats.
When the loose coalition of political parties won Penang that year, being his father’s son, Guan Eng appointed himself as the chief minister to replace Gerakan’s Koh Tsu Koon, bypassing local DAP figures such as Lim Hock Seng and police-wannabe Phee Boon Poh.
To show that he was fair to other races, he appointed Perak-born P Ramasamy from DAP and Mohammad Fairus Khairuddin first and then Mansor Othman, both from PKR, as deputy chief ministers.
In 2012, Mansor was alleged to have called Lim Guan Eng “cocky”, “arrogant” and a “tokong” (deity).
Tokong stuck on him well and until now Guan Eng is being referred to as that by his detractors.
With very little tolerance for dissent, Mansor was struck out and replaced by Mohd Rashid Hasnon after the 2013 general election (GE13).
Since then, Guan Eng has fought tooth and nail with local NGOs such as the Consumers Association of Penang (CAP), Georgetown Heritage Action Group, Persatuan Kebajikan dan Penduduk Tamil, Penang Dravidar Kalagam, Malaysia Nambikei Yekkam, Penang Tamil Pathukappu Yekkam and Persatuan Penduduk Penduduk Baru Kawan.
This is due to Guan Eng’s dictatorial behaviour in demolisihing, reclaiming, and developing Penang without giving any due consideration to heritage, environment nor religion.
Not only that, Guan Eng also removed several PKR state assemblymen from Penang GLC positions after they dissentend on the issue of massive offshore reclamation works sanctioned by Guan Eng.
Who is Guan Eng to tell Penangites to love Penang when he himself does not trust the Penangites?
When he could feel that he might be spending several years in jail for corruption, he asked DAP leaders and members to accept Selangor-born Chow Kon Yeow from Kuala Lumpur as the next chief minister of Penang when he had been jailed.