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3,000 attend solidarity march with Penang chief minister

COLOURFUL CROWD: The supporters joined DAP leader Lim and his father, Kit Siang, in a 2km walk.


    Jul 04, 2016

    3,000 attend solidarity march with Penang chief minister


    A CROWD wearing red, blue, green and yellow T-shirts joined Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng in a solidarity march yesterday.

    They gathered at 7am in Union Street and began marching with Mr Lim, who leads the opposition Democratic Action Party (DAP), and his father, veteran opposition leader Lim Kit Siang, in the 2km walk towards the Esplanade, media reports said.

    Among the crowd wereParti Keadilan Rakyat president Wan Azizah Wan Ismail and Parti Amanah Negara president Mohamad Sabu.

    The two parties form the Pakatan Harapan opposition alliance with DAP.

    Malaysiakini estimated the turnout at some 3,000.

    The supporters, whose colourful T-shirts were emblazoned with the words Sokong Guan Eng (Support Guan Eng), chanted Sokong Guan Eng and Hidup Guan Eng (Long live Guan Eng).

    The embattled Lim pleaded not guilty to two graft-related charges on Thursday, in a case that has shaken the country's political landscape.

    He claimed trial to the charges related to his purchase of a bungalow at below market prices last year and improper change of state land use at the Penang High Court and was released on RM1 million (S$337,200) bail.

    He faces up to 20 years in jail if convicted under Section 23 of the Anti-Corruption Act and Section 165 of the Penal Code.

    The march on Sunday ended at 8.45am after Mr Lim addressed the crowd, The Star reported.