Media statement by Lim Kit Siang in Kuala Lumpur on Monday, 24th October 2011:
Let Muhyiddin lodge an official complaint against my grandson and I will then advise Guan Eng to lodge a police report against the DPM
Deputy Prime Minister and Education Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has flunked the opportunity in Parliament today to demonstrate he is a model Education Minister giving top priority to the educational welfare and interests of students in the country.
I had given him the chance to undo the damage of his statement yesterday dismissing as "inadequate" Lim Guan Eng's denial of baseless and untruthful allegation of his 16-year-old son (my grandson) about modesty violation of a girl who was his classmates by seeking clarification from the Education Minister when he was winding up debate on the 2012 budget debate.
Although Muhyiddin claimed that he was "misquoted", Muhyiddin went on to repeat what he said yesterday - that Guan Eng should lodge a police report to clear the boy's name.
Muhyiddin did not explain why a police report should be lodged by Guan Eng to clear the boy's name when there is no basis whatsoever to the allegation - as the school principal concerned and the Penang State Education director have said investigations produced no evidence while the alleged victim Anya Corke is a Woman Chess Grandmaster in third year in Wellesley College in United States who does not know my grandson or my family at all.
This irresponsible charge and lie by Umno bloggers and cyber troopers has become an international incident as Anya's mother Mei Sun has told South China Morning Post that she is is considering all options to protect her daughter.
There are two schools of thought as to whether Guan Eng should lodge a police report. Muhyiddin, supported by Umno blogs and cyber troopers as well as the MCA leadership, leads the school of thought demanding that Guan Eng should lodge a police report.
I am not in favor as the denials by the school principal, the Penang Education Director Ahmad Tarmizi Kamaruddin and Anya Corke have destroyed the downright lie of the molestation allegation to utter smithereens. As responsible and decent Education Minister, Muhyiddin should have laid the allegation to rest in Parliament once and for all by declaring his full support and confidence in the denials of the school principal concerned and that of the Penang State Education Director.
If Muhyiddin does not trust the school principal concerned and the Penang State Education Director, let him lodge an official complaint against my son and I will advise Guan Eng to lodge a police report against the Deputy Prime Minister.
*Lim Kit Siang, DAP Parliamentary Leader & MP for Ipoh Timor