Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Lee shrugs off Keng Yaik's comments - NST

GEORGE TOWN, TUES: April 22, 2008 bY Audrey Dermawan

Datuk Lee Kah Choon has shrugged off Gerakan party adviser Datuk Seri Lim Keng Yaik's terse comments about him. Lee said his decision to accept the DAP-Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) led state government's offer to helm two top agencies in Penang had nothing to do with politics.

Stressing that he was still a loyal Gerakan member and had no intention to leave the party, Lee said:

"My political background and my appointments are two totally different things. I hope Gerakan will not link them together," he said when met at his new office in investPenang today.

Lee said as far as he was concerned, there were many things, which needed to be done, and he needed to focus on his new job.

"I want to concentrate on another phase of my life.. something new, something I like and at the same time something which still enables me to help others as well," he added.

Lee said this when asked to comment on Dr Lim's comments about his appointment as director of Penang Development Corporation (PDC) and investPenang by the state government.

Dr Lim had said that Lee would eventually fall and hurt himself by having his feet on two separate boats that are going in opposite directions. He also expressed sympathy for Lee by stating that the latter was taking on a huge and ominous task.

Lee appeared cheerful throughout the 30-minute session with reporters in his office although he was initially reluctant to discuss about politics. However, he relented when pressed to response to his former boss' stinging attack against him.

Lee said he considered himself like any other civil servant who serves the government of the day. As a politician, he said, he was prepared to face whatever criticism that were hurled at him.

"Let people say whatever they want. I don't mind.”

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