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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.

Anita Gabriel
Published Fri, Dec 12, 2014 · 09:50 PM
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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 solicitousness, remarks "It's transformative, what," as he glides back.

The 54-year-old secretary-general of Malaysia's Chinese-based opposition party Democratic Action Party and Penang's fourth chief minister appears chafed when asked whether he agreed with a pocket of Penangites' views that, despite his staunch grassroots backing, what he has mostly done is "tinkering, not in-your-face transformation" in the DAP-led state. "We have reinvent…

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