L Is For Lim, Land and Liar November 18, 2009Posted by malaysianstory in 1Malaysia, Pakatan Rakyat, Penang.
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Haq Char Yaar (Urdu: حق چار یار ) (meaning rightous four friends) is reference to first four Caliph of Islam. They are Sayyidina Abu Bakr, Sayyidina Umar, Sayyidina Uthman and Sayyidina Ali.
Of the four great Caliphs of Islam, Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng chose to adopt the administrative style of Umar, or also known as Umar the Great or Farooq the Great. Umar was the most powerful of the four Rashidun Caliphs and one of the most powerful and influential Muslim rulers.
Lim was impressed with Umar while he was under ISA detention, especially when he discovered through his readings that Umar was an expert jurist and is best known for his justice with Muslims and non-Muslims subjects alike, that earned him the title Al-Farooq (The one who distinguishes between good and bad) and his house as Darul Adal (house of justice). Also, Umar was the first Caliph to be called Amir al-Mu’minin, commander of the faithful.
Umar’s name was not only used by Lim to be popular and deceive the rakyat. He even introduced many other slogans including
Competency, Accountability and Transparency (CAT) and amal makruf nahi mungkar (do good and do no evil) in his administration.
Lim brags about how he would infuse Umar’s good values in his administration to inspire the people and promotes his other jingles.
However, Lim did not only walk his talk but had tarnished the good name of Umar and ridiculed Islam in way when he lied to the state assembly and the people over the conversion issue of a piece of land in George Town.
He was caught with his pants down when he was found lying and misleading the House by Pulau Betong state assemblyman Muhamad Farid Saad during the recent state assembly proceeding.
Farid had accused Lim of trying to conceal the facts from the House when Lim said the issue of land conversion for the PDC Heritage Hotel Sdn Bhd would be referred to the National Land Council next month when actually Lim had already approved the land conversion for the project in June.
The proposed hotel project is a joint-venture between YTL Corporation Berhad (51%) and PDC (49%). PDC is the investment arm of the state government.
PDC heritage Hotel would be building luxurious condominiums and an eatery on a seafront site adjacent to the 124-year-old Eastern and Oriental Hotel in Lebuh Farquhar in Penang.
Lim has been keeping quiet and has not blown his own trumpet since the land controversy came to light a month ago. Unlike before, he has been silent about his clean, trustworthy and graft-free administration. The writing is on the wall. Lim is a man with a forked-tongue and could not be trusted. Lim is tasting the bitterness of his own medicine.