Penang: Chief Minister warns Civil Society to serve the State

Penang Chief Minister and Penang insitute

Guan Eng Warns Penang Institute Over Safeguarding State Government Image

Kuala Lumpur, 7 July 2016: Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng has warned members of the state think tank, Penang Institute, not to tarnish the image of the state government.

Lim reminded the members to “bear in mind that you are working for the institute that is funded by the state government”.

“Do not forget you also are part of the Penang state government and your action should not be seen to tarnish or affect the image of the Penang state government.”

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Lim said he expected the think tank to put the state government in good stead and also burnish its image.

Lim, who is the DAP secretary-general, also said: “I may understand when you say that one cannot bite the hand that feeds you. But I think you should allow some barking,” he said.

His statement on using terms usually referred to dogs, that is “bite” and “bark”, were seen by some parties as being disrespectful to the researchers at Penang Institute.

* Full text: http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2016/07/07/guan-eng-warns-penang-institute-over-safeguarding-state-govt-image/

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