Guan Eng avoids war of words with Zahrain

Written by Regina William, The Edge  

Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng chose to remain mum on the outburst by Parti Keadilan Rakyat’s (PKR) Bayan Baru MP Datuk Zahrain Hashim against him.

A media report had quoted Zahrain calling Lim a dictator, chauvinist and communist-minded and accused Lim of sidelining the PKR in Penang.

He also described Lim as a liability to Pakatan Rakyat and said Lim had reneged on the election promises.

Instead of answering the allegations against him, Lim left the task to Deputy Chief Minister Dr Mansor Othman after officiating the Penang International Halal Expo.

Mansor, who took over Penang PKR from Zahrain during a reshuffle, however did not say much.

“The words were uncalled for and I regret his statement.”

“That is certainly not the way to address our fellow partners in PR,” he said and declined to elaborate further, adding a press conference would be called soon on the matter.

A website had also reported a few days ago that a top Penang PKR MP would quit to become a Barisan Nasional-friendly party or even join the new Parti Cinta Malaysia but when contacted via telephone, Zahrain refuted the report as utter rubbish.

He told The Edge Malaysia he still was performing his duties as a PKR MP and also as the president of the Football Association of Penang and said the online report was mere speculation.

This is not the first time that Zahrain has caused a furore.

Last year, he also accused the state government of sidelining PKR with minor portfolios in the state government and had demanded more representation from PKR in government-owned agencies.