GEORGE TOWN, July 7 — Lim Guan Eng dismissed today the emergence of many social media posts denigrating him after he was charged with corruption, with the latest being a sketch of him in clown makeup, much like the one of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.
The Penang chief minister said the attacks on social media could not be compared to what the “Barisan Nasional-controlled media” has subjected him to.
"Those who want to demonise and spread lies, it's up to them. If they want to resort to these measures, we will not take action but of course Najib will take action," he told reporters after visiting the Cathedral of Assumption here today.
He claimed that BN-led media outfits have in the past done much worse, citing as example the false sexual molestation accusations against his teenage son several years ago.
"Now, the latest attack by BN is more serious and we will do all we can to fight it to the end," he said, referring to his corruption charges.
Recently, a Chinese-language community page on Facebook shared a caricature of Lim by Fahmi Reza next to one of Lim in clown makeup that was also attributed to Fahmi.
When contacted, however, Fahmi denied the clown sketch of Lim was his work.
"I only did a caricature of Lim, I never did a clown sketch of him, someone must have taken my caricature and drawn out the clown sketch because I did not do it," he told the Malay Mail Online.
Fahmi was charged over his clown sketch of the prime minister last month.