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Gerakan veep urges Lim Guan Eng to go on leave as Penang CM Kohilan: Go on leave to preserve the integrity and stature of the office

Press statement by


Gerakan Vice President


Datuk A. Kohilan Pillay


30 June 2016


The charging of Penang Chief Minister, Lim Guan Eng regarding allegations of corruption saw him posting a bail of RM 1 million has led to calls by Gerakan vice-president, Datuk A. Kohilan Pillay urging him to go on leave as Penang Chief Minister until ongoing trials are completed.


Kohilan said it is imperative for the state government to function without confusion and disruption and this is compromised by having a leader that is currently undergoing trial on charges of corruption. Apart from maintaining governance efficiency, it is also important for Lim to take voluntary leave as to preserve the integrity of the office of the Chief Minister of Penang.


“The office of Chief Minister should only be occupied by someone who is not facing trial ensuring he or she can attend to day-to-day governing of the state. Lim must put Penang first and allow someone else to do the job while he sorts out his legal troubles.”


Kohilan added that in case Lim is found not guilty of charges, he can always resume his position as Penang Chief Minister.