Shamsher Singh Thind: Sorry no cure, Guan Eng!

“I hereby call upon Wan Azizah, the MP for Permatang Pauh, and Lim Guan Eng, the “Assistant MP” for Permatang Pauh, to step down with immediate effect for failing in their duties. Even the hardworking Penanti Assemblywoman, Dr Norlela, was ignored by them”


In the run up to the infamous Permatang Pauh by-election, held on the 7th of May 2015, Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng assured Datin Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail that he would help take care of her constituents should she trump her competition in Permatang Pauh. Back in Selangor, Menteri Besar Dato’ Seri Azmin Ali offered similar assistance to the PKR president by pledging to look after her constituents in Kajang.

Question is, what happened to all that assistance?

Despite having the support of two heads of states, the PKR president failed miserably in highlighting the plight of her constituents and that of reps within her constituency. This became evident in November 2015 when Penanti assemblywoman Dr Norlela Ariffin broke down in tears owing to the state government’s repeated failure in addressing her queries.

Was Guan Eng not aware that Norlela was only attempting to protect her constituents, who were suffering due to toxic fume inhalation? Did he not know that Norlela was representing a state seat that was part of the larger Permatang Pauh parliamentary constituency which the Chief Minister promised to protect?