Sunday, October 23, 2011

M"sia politics: Guan Eng labels Muhyiddin a ‘coward’ for attacking his son

Guan Eng labels Muhyiddin a ‘coward’ for attacking his son

October 23, 2011

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 23 — Lim Guan Eng has called Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin a “coward” for repeating claims by pro-Umno bloggers that his son had molested a schoolmate.

The Penang chief minister said he was “appalled and disgusted” that Muhyiddin had attacked his son for political mileage and told the Umno number two to focus efforts on him instead.

“If Muhyiddin hates me so much, he can do his worst to finish me off politically,” he said in a statement.

“But Muhyiddin should not join the craven pack of cowards to pick on my 16-year old son and put my son again through this traumatic experience.”

Lim (picture) said Muhyiddin had failed the moral and ethical test to be prime minister by repeating “lies” about a teenager who could not defend himself, even after the alleged victim had come forward to deny the claims.

He added that the deputy prime minister risked losing the respect of the public if he continued to repeat the allegations.

“Muhyiddin loses the respect of decent Malaysians if he behaves in the same arrogant manner as those ferocious Umno beasts who know only how to bully my 16-year old son and feast on a child’s innocence,” he said.

Pro-Umno bloggers had claimed that Lim’s son had assaulted a 16-year-old schoolmate and tried to escape punishment by using his father’s name.

Lim, who is also DAP secretary-general, denied the allegations, saying he was furious with the “barbaric lies” made about his teenage son by “pro-Umno ferocious beasts”.

The DAP later said the picture of the purported victim used by pro-Umno bloggers was of 21-year-old chess grandmaster Anya Sun Corke, who is studying at Wellesley College in the US.

On Friday, Corke denied ever having met or heard of Lim’s son.

Lim’s colleagues in Pakatan Rakyat (PR) also came out strongly in support of the DAP secretary-general against what they call “the lowest gutter politics” seen in decades.

Muhyiddin yesterday called on Lim to let the police to investigate the claims if he had nothing to hide

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