PENANG: April 27, 2008 By ANDREA FILMER
Politicians should learn a thing or two from doctors, said Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng.
He said doctors saved everyone's life regardless of where they came from.
“They don’t ask which political party you are from before they treat you," he said in his speech at the Malaysian Medical Association (Penang Branch) 25th Anniversary Dinner and Dance on Saturday. Lim said that the time for politicking was over as the election was over and it was time for everyone to work together to serve the people.
"In the past few days, my appointment of someone from across the political divide has created a controversy that has had the entire Federal Government's top leadership pointing their guns at the Penang state government," Lim said, citing the issue of the appointment of former Gerakan deputy secretary-general Datuk Lee Kah Choon to posts in two state economic development agencies.
"I believe that if we serve the public, our highest calling is the people and not only the party we represent. The new state government is willing to accept anyone regardless of race, religion, gender or political affiliation as long as they are eager to serve.
“If we can cut across the political divide, we can create a more inclusive and united society that allows everyone to prosper and participate," Lim said.