GEORGE TOWN, April 11 ― Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng today labelled Umno lawmakers' plan to table a state assembly motion demanding his resignation as an insult to the legislative body.
He also dubbed the move “political revenge” over his announcement that his administration will table a motion to condemn Tasek Gelugor MP Datuk Shabudin Yahaya over the latter's remarks on statutory rape.
“The state legislative assembly is for debating issues that affect the people and not to be misused for political revenge,” Lim said in a press conference at his office today.
“We are filing this motion to condemn Shabudin because of what he said about rape victims marrying their rapists and that nine-year-old girls are physically and spirituality ready for marriage,”
He said the Umno MP's remarks caused public anger, which required a response from his administration.
Lim also noted that Shabudin has not apologised for his remarks or been punished by Umno.
Last week, Lim said the state government will file a motion at the state legislative assembly in May to condemn Shabudin over his remarks.
This was after Shabudin suggested in Parliament that statutory rape victims should be allowed to marry their rapists as a remedy to social problems.
He also reportedly said some nine-year-old girls are “spiritually and physically” ready for marriage.
Yesterday, Penang Umno liaison chairman Datuk Seri Zainal Abidin Osman accused Lim of using the motion as retaliation against Shabudin for exposing his home purchase that led to the chief minister being charged with corruption.
Zainal then said they will in turn file a motion to demand Lim’s resignation due to his corruption case.