Lim Guan Eng Demands PAS MP To Prove Claims That He's Related To Chin Peng & Lee Kuan Yew
Following extravagant claims about him made during a speech, DAP chairman Lim Guan Eng has challenged a PAS politician to provide proof or face legal consequences
According to Berita Harian, Kepala Batas member of parliament (MP) Siti Mastura Mohamad delivered a speech in Terengganu, in which she made a head-turning statement accusing the former minister of being blood-related to both Singaporean ex-Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew and infamous Malayan communist leader Chin Peng.
In a snippet of her speech that circulated on social media, Siti could be heard delivering her speech and drawing major conclusions without providing any proof, such as claiming that Lim's father, Lim Kit Siang, was a cousin to both "Lim" Kuan Yew and Chin Peng (real name Ong Boon Hua).
For context, Lee Kuan Yew was Singapore's first prime minister, who was in charge when the island country separated from Malaysia in 1965. Following the separation, Lee was instrumental in helping transform Singapore into the developed nation it is today.
Chin Peng, on the other hand, gained infamy as the leader of the Malayan Communist Party. For notable periods, he was a thorn in the side of Japanese Imperialists occupying Malaya during World War II, as well as British forces after the war through guerilla campaigns.
Chin Peng ultimately cemented his notoriety after waging several terror skirmishes against Malaysia's federal government and armed forces during the 12-year-long Emergency that ended in 1960. He was subsequently exiled from Malaysia and took up residence in Thailand.
Without further elaboration from Siti in the video, many comments voiced bewilderment at her claims
Some immediately pointed out Siti's error in mixing up Lim Guan Eng's and Lee Kuan Yew's last names, with Communications and Digital Minister Fahmi Fadzil tweeting a response asking, "Who is 'Lim Kuan Yew'?".
Other comments berated her for trying to create unnecessary tension between Malaysia's races and spouting off facts that were erroneous and without context.
Eventually, Lim himself hit back at Siti's claims and even threatened legal action if necessary
According to New Straits Times, Lim said that "measures would be taken to demand an explanation from her, urging her to provide evidence of any family connections between us, Chin Peng, Kuan Yew, and among ourselves".
"Should she fail to do so, we will take appropriate action.
"This is a malicious slander against me, my family, and prominent DAP leaders. My father, Lim Kit Siang, even though he has retired, is still targeted by the PAS Kepala Batas MP," he added during a press conference during parliament on 7 November.
So far, Siti has failed to explain her stance despite repeated requests from other MPs and other media outlets
During a parliament session on 7 November, Siti was repeatedly prompted for an explanation by several female policymakers from DAP.
According to a report by Malay Mail, Siti was delivering a speech on the creation of more programmes to “foster unity” before being interrupted by three DAP members, who asked the Kepala Batas MP for an explanation regarding her controversial claims.
Despite several loud calls, the under-fire MP refused to acknowledge the requests, and it was also revealed by Malaysiakini that further probing by reporters also yielded no response from her.
In the past, Siti was also engulfed by controversy after citing her attendance of weddings and funerals among her accomplishments as an MP.