According to The Star:
PETALING JAYA: A gag instruction on the Penang Chief Minister’s bungalow as well as the growing controversy over the Taman Manggis land has gone out to all DAP leaders.
The circular sent out by a Penang DAP official asked party leaders not to hold any press conferences or issue statements on the two issues that have rocked the party in Penang.
Only three leaders will be authorised to comment and they are secretary-general Lim Guan Eng, Penang DAP chairman and senior state exco member Chow Kon Yeow and party legal adviser and Puchong MP Gobind Singh Deo.
According to the circular, this was to avoid making the situation more confusing or to have leaders commenting on what should and should not be said.
The circular also pointed out that this was to prevent any “accidental breach of sensitive information” given the seriousness of the issues.
The circular was meant for the party’s MPs, assemblymen, state committee members as well the Dapsy and Wanita leaders.
Acknowledging the attacks as a “well-planned by our opponent”, the circular called for full cooperation and unity in order to pull through the crisis.
The circular concluded by stating that: “We might have different views in handling these issues but at this moment unity is vital”.
Lim is alleged to have purchased the RM2.8mil Jalan Pinhorn bungalow at below market value.
Since then, his accusers have been releasing documents via social media alleging a connection between the purchase of the bungalow to a controversial project in Taman Manggis, Georgetown.
Lim has denied the allegations and said that he will cooperate with the Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission which is investigating the matter.
There have been all kinds of statements coming from DAP leaders since the issue erupted two weeks ago.
Some of the statements have only made things more confusing and even comical such as the claim by Tanjung MP Ng Wei Aik that Lim is an accountant cannot be expected to do a valuation of his bungalow.
On Sunday, Seputeh MP Teresa Kok got flak for claiming that the low property value had to do with bad fengshui.Kluang MP Liew Chin Tong also came under fire for objecting to the heading of a report in The Star.
The National Union of Journalists said politicians should not intervene in the rights of a news publication’s choice of headline as it is merely the presentation of the news story.
Liew had criticised the headline of the report regarding the bungalow but admitted that the report was accurate.