Guan Eng’s special officers and their very special duties
Stopthelies yesterday featured an article about a certain young lady who was
“made one of the 20 special officers in Guan Eng’s office. Yes, you read it right, Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng has 20 special officers!”
Hmm, is it true what Stopthelies stated?
Does even the prime minister have as many as 20 Special Officers in his retinue?
You gotta wonder why 20 Special Officers are required to attend to one politician and what it is that the whole score of them are tasked to do?
For lack of more in-depth reporting since The Star isn’t doing its job, the inferences below are my speculation (quite reasonable ones methinks).
Special Officer #1
Special Officer #2
Special Officer #3
Special Officer #4
Special Officer #5
Special Officer #6
I haven’t managed to figure out just how Kim Guan Eng uses all of his alleged 20 Special Officers.
If you have any idea what the special duties of his remaining 14 Special Officers might be, please let us all know.
The character assassins
And then there are the volunteer DAPster corps.
They are the vigilantes constantly patrolling cyberspace …
Denial also off the record
The video below is said to be an audio recording of Kim Guan Eng’s press conference yesterday. I must say it does sound like him.
Hai-yah, but with the Dear Leader very difficult one lah. Like that fiasco in Johor – for which he had to apologize to the Sultan – also he wanna deny (vely Lingam-like wor) until TV3 came out with the recording.
In his altercation with reporters yesterday, his favourite phrase “off the record” was repeated every now and again. Some online readers have commented, “Deny also got off the record. LOL.”
As to what Guan Eng is denying this time, another reader commented: “Relax lah. If it’s just a rumour, laugh over it. No need to be so tension one.” (Both reader comments found at Stopthelies)
A brief digression. Heck, even I kena one time with his “off the record” ploy — on 17 Oct 2011, Guan Eng had said to me: “Helen, I hope you don’t mind if we keep this conversation within the group.”
Guan Eng: “I would prefer if we keep this conversation within the group [of foreign correspondents and guests] as far as the both of us are concerned.”
Helen: “Which part of the conversation?”
Guan Eng: “The entire conversation.”
(Read details HERE)
Anyway, fast forward to yesterday and the Guan Eng press conference.
Sex, Lies and Videotape
0: 26 — “I want you all to print first and you see what I do to your paper.”
0: 33 — “I’m going to sue definitely. This is defamatory, man, my lawyer is here.”
0:55 — “Which paper print I will sue because I have no choice. Same thing as my son, that one I will sue. You all print lah. You all print, you see what I’ll do. I’ll sue. This [rumour] is not new what. It has been there for six months, nine months.”
1:11: — “Any paper print, I will sue.”
1:20: — “I will sue definitely. This is defamatory.”
1:39: — “Eh! 这 个 不 要 写 啊. 我 不 要 comment 的.”
1:58: — “You have to print, you have right to print based on the blog report, then you see what I do to you.”
What is it that Guan Eng will do to the reporters who write and the bloggers who report, ah?
He personally do? Or his henchmen do?
All the Emperor’s men
Like in a certain earlier episode where Zairil wrote that a critic – political commentator – had “an inexplicable fixation” and that “his current pet obsession [is] the DAP-led Penang state government”.
Zairil, who is a Special Officer to the Dear Leader, also labelled Khoo Kay Peng as “so myopic and borderline obsessive”.
In a posting last November, I mentioned that Guan Eng had in his Chief Minister’s Office a total of 28 staff compared with 13 (i.e. more than double) during his predecessor Koh Tsu Koon’s tenure.
Instead of analytical and critical coverage of the ‘Reformation’ of Penang yang makin UBAH jadi Pyongyang, The Star – a newspaper purportedly belonging to DAP’s rival – carries fawning fluff pieces (screenshot below).
One of the CM’s staff Chan Li Lian was investigated by police over allegations that her tweet was seditious. She had tweeted that Christians were persecuted in Malaysia.
We must really wonder what duties are assigned to the coterie of Special Officers attached to the Penang Chief Minister’s Office. Menghasut?
Why hasn’t The Star carried out any investigative reporting?! (see answer below)
Because The Star is really the kissing cousin of Selangor Times.