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CM Lim Guan Eng – The Untold story by Sdr Wong Ho Leng

I got an email from GiddyTigers asking me if it is ok for her to use a photo of CM YAB Lim Guan Eng from Wiki. I am glad she wrote to me because I offered her a photo which I took of CM Lim Guan Eng as I wasn’t sure. That leads me to her blog and in return, led me to this post by Sdr Wong Ho Leng of DAP.

I have accidentally stumbled on so many old posts about Lim Guan Eng and each time I read, my respect for him raised several notches. I still remember the first night I attended the DAP ceramah at Jalan Talipon, Penang. It was the first day of the 12th General Election ceramah. There wasn’t a proper place as it was a badly lit lane and we cannot even see Lim Guan Eng’s face.

I fought through the crowds and when I got near, I know that is Lim Kit Siang’s son. Yes, Lim Kit Siang’s son. I went there because I was a blogger hungry for photos and some bloggable materials. Although I vaguely know that Lim Guan Eng went to jail several times, the matter doesn’t immediately sink in and he remained Lim Kit Siang’s son.

Then, when Lim Guan Eng came to our little taman here for a ceramah, in a dark basketball court with very few people around, I had my first respect for that man. After listening to the ceramah, I still wasn’t that impressed because what Lim Guan Eng told the people in Kawasan Air Putih, I have read them all. I brushed it off as “Aiyah…politicians got plenty to say wannnn…”

During the ceramah, the DAP polticians had to stand on a SUV to give the ceramah. Then, Lim Guan Eng came down to shake hands with all the people. I still couldn’t care less. All the people stood up to shake hands with him. Me? I sat on the ground to take video of the next PKR candidate’s ceramah. I thought to myself, “Big deal meh, shake mah shake lor. I lazy to stand up lah. I take video, don’t kacau me.” So while everyone was going around shaking hands, I felt someone tap me on my shoulder while I was sitting cross-legged on the ground with a camera. I looked up and saw him smiling at me. So, boh pien lor…I have to put out my hand.

But that night, I saw the other side of Lim Guan Eng. Sdr Ong Khang Li (or however you spell this gentleman’s name in English) broke down and was overcame with emotions when he told us about Mrs. Lim Kit Siang and Betty Chew aka Mrs. Lim Guan Eng when he visited them during Chinese New Year. At that time, Lim Guan Eng wasn’t around of course. That makes it even more touching because a veteran DAP member like Sdr. Ong (or is it Wong?) to shed tears in front of so many people, there must something great about Lim Kit Siang and Lim Guan Eng.

And now, more than a month later, I have become #1 fansee of Lim Guan Eng and a diehard fan of the red rocket. πŸ˜€

Who wouldn’t? Read the below excerpt which I took from Sdr Wong Ho Leng’s recollection of his visit to see Lim Guan Eng when he was in prison. I must warn you that it is a very touching post. Prepare tissue first.

Guan Eng started by saying that he wanted me to send a message to Party members and supporters in Sarawak not to despair over his fate. β€œTell them that they can break my back, but they cannot break my soul.”

As we discussed his case, I knew that he was not well at all. He was pale and complained of body pain. He also complained that he had not consumed sufficient salt, the food being tasteless. We were worried that his fragile body won’t take him through. We were concerned about his safety in there. He assured us that the inmates there had treated him alright, that they all knew that he was wronged.

It was unbelievable that even when he was at the pit of his life, he had his heart for the Party members, in our case, the comrades in Sarawak.

Some of the other posts that I had dug from the internet are :

Lim Guan Eng biodata

Lim Kit Siang’s recollections in 1998

Who wants to be #2 fansee must take a number. πŸ˜›

Remember that right now, the Hindraf 5 are getting the same fate. Do read this Malaysiakini article in Bahasa Malaysia on the injustice.




10 Responses to “CM Lim Guan Eng – The Untold story by Sdr Wong Ho Leng”

  1. lilian, just like you, I am the die hard fan of red rocket and Lim Guan Eng fansee. Can I be the #2 fansee? πŸ˜†

  2. I have the utmost respect for both father and son, Lim Kit Siang and Lim Guan Eng. Also saudara Wong Ho Leng

  3. Lilian, I wanna challenge you for the top spot fansee lar. Did you see him in the 8pm news? He even came down from his car to talk to the press under the hot sun after his meeting with the PM. Where can you find this kind of CM?
    I go work as his PA can ah? Got vacancy?

  4. KGC – Kenot, I jom liao, you line up behind samyeap. πŸ˜† His PR hired liao lor, some 20 something young guy. Baru hired, I heard. Never mind, got many vacancies somemore. Auditors.

    Beng Beng – Joins you tabik.

    samyeap – Ok, ok. Hahaha.

  5. I respect him too after learning so much about him (as you can see from one of my previous posts) but not to the extent of becoming his fan…I can’t break my own principle of…err..distrusting and disliking politicians la. 😳

    His PA is his sister’s boyfren la and he has three other assistants, one chinese lady newly hired from the chinese papers and two malays, one man and one woman, who used to work for the former CM.

    That’s y I also respect him, he did not go around headhunting, firing everyone. Instead he gave them chance to stay on.

    Also, even now, after being CM for about 3 weeks, he is still very humble and down to earth. No hidung tinggi at all!

    Anyway, I heard he’s looking for an Indian assistant to help read the Indian papers and translate it for him. So, anyone who can read and speak Tamil can apply! πŸ˜›

  6. I was touched to no end reading that post from Sdr Wong Ho Leng. Here was a sacrifice so big and so noble of a man like Lim Guan Eng. I am mighty proud he is now CM of Penang.

  7. I already fansee of LORKET for 26 years liao!

    BTW, that emo emcee saudara you mentioned is Sdr.Wong Han Yoke, a one term State Assemblyman (Machang Bubok I think) while Jason Ong Khan Lee of PKR is presently YB for Kebun Bunga.

  8. 9pek9bo – Thanks for telling me the real name. Cos I asked and they said in Mandarin, gua tak tau. That night the PKR ceramah is Rayer, a young lawyer for Minden Heights area. I am so happy he also won the election. Hahaha, everyone in Opposition also win lah.

    giddy tigress – Lucky you pointed to me that post. Cos fansee like us like to read these kind of sob-sob story with heroic ending mah. Hahaha. Correct or not?

  9. My first encounter with YAB Guan Eng was at the Penang Chinese Town Hall ceramah for the Hindraf 5. After the ceramah, I walked up to him and YB Jeff Ooi and told YAB that he would be our next CM. Hehe, maybe now I can ‘kooi tah’ somewhere and become a soothsayer. At least I am better than the one employed by Bodowi.

    So, can I be the #2 fansee? I was at almost all DAP ceramahs including twice at Han Chiang…yes under the pelting rain, soaking wet but the feeling was so shiok and proud to be there with fellow Penangites who wanted a tsunami of a political change.

  10. yes yes…I will point you to more of these type of tissue-inducing posts if I come across any. You do the same ok? set?? πŸ˜€