It has always been widely believed that Lim Guan Eng’s undoing would come at his own hands.
Case and point; he now faces corruption charges due the fact that he thought he was clever enough to get away with it. Or did he think that Malaysians were not smart enough to catch him.
Of course he and his father Lim Kit Siang would like Malaysians to believe that this is some grand conspiracy to silence Guan Eng over his criticism of the government.
Apparently both father (Lim Kit Siang) and son (Lim Guan Eng) have forgotten that democracy prevails in Malaysian. This despite their best efforts to subvert it through their attempts to oust Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak; the democratically elected leader of Malaysia.
The Prime Minister nor other government officials have never said that there is no room for criticism; even when the criticism came hot and heavy. However the problem that that the government as well as the rakyat have is when the criticism is based on hate, malicious falsehood and lies.
And that is what Lim Guan Eng, his father (Lim Kit Siang) and others like Tun Mahathir partook of; hurling false accusations at Prime Minister Najib to remove him as a stumbling block to their plans.
In a sense of irony, the (present) Penang Menteri Baser Lim Guan Eng thought himself to be clever enough to attack Najib with one hand and receive the keys to an extremely under valued bungalow with the other without anyone finding out the latter.
Guan Eng probably thought that if par chance his deal did come to light, he would be able to waltz his way out of it. Unfortunately for him, the more he danced the more he tripped over his own feet; leaving him to say that he knew nothing about property values.
Apparently Lim Guan Eng missed all those warning advert that say:
‘If a deal is too good to be true then it’s too good to be true’.
But of course Lim Guan Eng does perceive himself to be smart and knew exactly what was happening when the deal was made for the property; now he is facing the consequences.
The man (Lim Guan Eng) who proclaimed no corruption in Penang, who thought he would be behind the Prime Minister being removed from office or brought up on charges is himself facing corruption charges, the possibility of being removed from office and sent to prison.
There are no doubt those in his own party (DAP) who secretly harbor the hope that Guan Eng is given time out behind bars to not only humble him, but to put a glitch in the Lim’s attempt to forge a Lim dynasty.
We can expect Lim Kit Siang to continue to insist that the corruption case is the government’s conspiracy to silence his son.
However in the end, it is not a government or even a DAP conspiracy to oust Lim Guan Eng; he is being brought down by his own Achilles’ heel; his Ego!