"We welcome fair and unbiased investigation into Guan Eng’s purchase of his house.
"However, the 'trial by media' in the past week, with unsubstantiated and twisted facts, is malicious," Johor opposition leader Gan Peck Cheng said in a statement today.
Gan claimed that the criticism Lim is facing over the bungalow purchase, said to be below market price, is the "most serious crisis since 2008 with the aim of finishing him off politically".
"Such massive attacks serve to divert attention from the multiple political crises faced by Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak, especially arising from the Citizens' Declaration on March 4,” he said.
Gan claimed the attacks are aimed at discrediting Guan Eng and the DAP in the upcoming Sarawak state election.
The last line is spot on, BUT it's more than just Sarawak, namely:
(1) UMNO in general has been very uncomfy with young Malays joining DAP, and UMNO in Penang is shitting bricks.
(2) MCA and Gerakan are both on a do-or-die last effort. In Penang and Selangor they've already been wiped off. By the finish of GE-14 they'll be gone from the Malaysian political scene forevermore.
But alas for UMNO-BN, the more they persecute Lim Guan Eng, the more Penangites will rally behind him.