Press Statement By Penang Chief Minister Office In Komtar, George Town On 11 March 2018.
Upon failing to do do so, came the shocking revelations that RM 22 million was paid, not to Penang state government leaders, but to those who are said to be closely connected to top BN Ministers. This is another classic case of innocent parties(in this case the Penang state government) who are clean, being made the scapegoat for culprits closely connected to BN, who got RM22 million.
Whilst the Penang state government is awaiting a full explanation from Zenith why so much money was paid, BN newspapers are now spinning a story that the Indian businessman allegedly involved in receiving the money, is a buddy of the Penang Chief Minister and hence connected to receiving RM19 million. These BN newspapers have highlighted a photograph between the Penang Chief Minister and the Indian businessman as proof that the Penang Chief Minister is his buddy and somehow connected with the RM19 million paid.
This is not only ridiculous but a disgusting attempt to smear the Penang Chief Minister by relying on one photograph. As a public figure the Penang Chief Minister has taken many photographs with many personalities, and can not recall how many times or where each and every photograph was taken. Does taking a photo makes one a buddy or one who is close to BN into a DAP supporter?
For instance, the Penang Chief Minister has also taken photographs with Goh Chun Lai, the wealthy but bankrupt businessman, closely associated with 1MDB. Using the latest BN perverse logic, does this mean that the Penang CM is a buddy of Goh Chun Lai and connected to 1MDB too?
However , the Penang CM taking a photo with Goh did not prevent Goh from leading a concerted campaign, and spending up to RM40 million of 1MDB money, to try to defeat the Penang Chief Minister in his Air Putih constituency during the 2013 general elections. BN and its newspapers including a few Chinese newspapers have to do better than relying on one photograph, to try to spin a tall tale that the Penang CM is a buddy with the Indian businessman.
The Indian businessmen is connected closely with top BN leaders. If there are any photos of him with other top BN leaders, does this also make the top BN leaders complicit in the payout of RM22 million. What is clear is that those involved in the RM22 million payout are closely linked to top BN leaders. That is why the Indian businessman was also appointed as a directed of a major publicly listed company.
BN’s attempt to pass off their scandals as Pakatan scandals will not work, when the people can see the BN Federal government for the global kleptocaracy that it is. The Penang CM has instructed its lawyers to study the legal implications of the BN media spinning these photos, including some Chinese newspapers, running down the Penang CM.
Penang Chief Minister Office
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槟城首席部长林冠英一而再地挑战国阵和反贪污委员会证明他们的指控，他们诬指槟州政府领袖向Zenith Consortium及那些获得槟城海底隧道及三条大道工程的公司，收取上千万令吉的回扣。 国阵迄今为止都还没有证明上述指控。