DAP: DPM needs to have his head inspected
The party is upset that the DPM gives credence to despicable rumours and implicit support to lies by Umno bloggers.
We are shocked and appalled by Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin who reportedly said that if Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng “thinks it is important to correct the information, then he has to come up with a strong statement. Mere denial is not enough.”
Muhyiddin was commenting on the case where Lim’s 16-year-old son was accused of sexual harassment by a plethora of Umno bloggers following his transfer to another school this year.
The deputy prime minister needs to have his head seriously inspected – not only did Lim strongly deny the alleged sexual harassment in the strongest possible terms by calling the allegations “barbaric lies”, we have proven that the case is entirely fictitious when the alleged victim is a 21-year-old university student in the United States from Hong Kong who never went to school in Penang.
The alleged victim has even sent a statement to all press, stating clearly that she has not been to Malaysia for the past seven years, and “the only way in which my ‘modesty was outraged’ has been the publication of my picture in connection with these scurrilous and unfounded rumours.”
The principal of SMK Heng Ee, where Lim’s son was studying until the end of last year, Goh Boon Poh has also come out to state that he was shocked by the allegations that Lim’s son had sexually harassed a female student of the school, and that it was “completely untrue”.
Despite Lim having nothing else to prove, Tan Sri Muhyiddin has chosen to lend credence to the despicable rumours and give support implicit to the UMNO bloggers by stating that “mere denial is not enough”.
Instead of taking stern action against those perpetrating the evil lies to humiliate the Penang Chief Minister’s family, especially since they are all Umno leaders and members, Muhyiddin has chosen to defend the indefensible.
The onus to prove the scurrilous allegations is on the accusers, and not those unjustly maligned.
To protect the image of the government, the prime minister and Umno president Najib must immediately put a stop to this madness by sternly reprimanding his deputy and all his members from making further unfounded claims against an innocent 16-year-old boy.
Otherwise, it’ll prove to all Malaysians that Umno has become morally bankrupt in its pursuit to hold on power at all cost, including attacking innocent children.Tony Pua is the DAP national publicity secretary and the MP for Petaling Jaya Utara.