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Architect of Penang's transformation

The chief minister of Penang and one of Malaysia's most popular opposition politicians fuels hope with ground-rule changes in the state.

'I'm a victim of sedition. It is fomenting a culture of fear. . . you are going backwards and against the international trend of being a freer and open society.'

LIM Guan Eng, Chief Minister of Malaysia's north-western state of Penang for six years now and one of the country's most popular opposition politicians, lunges forward in his seat, elbow jammed to desk, visibly aghast at the question: "Tinkering?". He then collects himself and with spirited