“I never said the word “angkuh” and “sombong”

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GEORGE TOWN – Penang PKR chief Datuk Mansor Othman has denied labelling his Pakatan Rakyat (PR) colleague DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng as “angkuh” (cocky) and “sombong” (arrogant).

“I never said the word “angkuh” and “sombong”, he said alluding to widely reported upon blog posts alleging that the deputy chief minister made disparaging remarks against the chief minister.

“I repeat, the word “sombong” and “angkuh” has never come out of my mouth, he said at a press conference today with Lim.

Mansor found himself in the limelight after a seemingly anti-PKR blog had posted online what appears to be leaked minutes of a state PKR strategic planning meeting.

The posts show the Penanti assemblyman criticising Lim as ‘cocky’ and ‘arrogant’, as well as calling him a “tokong” (temple or deity) while those in attendance had expressed their concerns over seat negotiations with DAP and worries over three-corner fights in the general elections.

Mansor said the word “tokong” was taken out of context and was aimed at putting relations between PKR and DAP in a bad light.

“I may have used the word “tokong” but for me (it) really refers to the esteem and respect of the people in Penang towards the chief minister,” he said.

Mansor refuted that the meeting was a strategic planning meeting, saying it was an informal meet between PKR leaders and him on party issues and preparations for the coming elections.

“As such, there are no minutes for the meeting,” he said. Adding that the meeting had been recorded and posted online to harm rapport between both parties.

Mansor said the posts were aimed not only at damaging the good relationship between PKR and DAP, but also between Lim and himself.

He however stressed that the negative reports would not harm party ties and was confident that the bond between both parties would be strengthened.

“I am impressed with the hard work put in by Lim to bring about development to the state (Penang) for the benefit of the people. I fully support his vision and I am confident in his leadership, ability and capability to realise this objective,” he said. – The Sun Daily