I do not wish to call him a dictator but dictators usually hate criticism. A dictator will not admit his mistakes either and will not tolerate adverse reporting by the media, notably the newspapers.
But Lim Guan Eng subscribes to this rule. He banned Utusan Malaysia. He deplores all BN media and barred some of their journalists from his office and his functions.
Whether its Utusan or not, he forgot one fact - that journalists, irrespective of their organisations, are one. They speak in unison when their professionalism is affected of challenged. They are very protective of each other and will not let anything to come between their relationship and duty.
(Read Stopthelies on the Chinese media attacks on LGE)
Now that LGE is under attacks, including from the Chinese media, he should realise that such a practice is deplorable and regrettable. No one can stop journalists from covering any event as stipulated in its international charter.
And for all the 'free media' bandwagon LGE and his friends in Pakatan Rakyat have been shouting around, this does not reflect their intention at all.
Under PM Najib, no media had been imposed under strict restriction except for warnings by the Home Ministry for their anti-racial and anti-religious propaganda. The BN government takes criticism openly and leaves it to the pro-govt media to play its part in countering such attacks.
Pakatan Rakyat has got Roket, Harakah, Aliran, the Bar Council website and other anti-govt media on its side. They are more mean than that of the BN but the govt will not bar their so called-reporters to cover the government's events, let along shooing them off.
How democratic is DAP, anyway and when was the last time it called for a party election?
What is LGE afraid of? He has a strong and formidable media machinery in Penang and in his party and they are well-paid, am I not right? Somebody told me Pakatan Rakyat allocates about RM100,000 per month for its anti-BN bloggers and news portal in Penang alone!
Is Pakatan Rakyat a dictatorial regime? Not only in Penang, similar things happen elsewhere. Nik Aziz has been doing it in Kelantan while Khalid really grips on Selangor media. I think if Pakatan forms a government after the next general election, they will clamp all pro-BN media.
I wonder what will happen to Utusan Malaysia, New Straits Times, Berita Harian, The Star and the TV stations under Media Prima Group if Pakatan takes over Putrajaya!
LGE is a sourgrape. For all his promise for a free media in Penang and Malaysia, he is actually more evil than he looks. His only concern is for the people to have a good impression about him, that everything he says is all truth.
He never want to admit his mistakes since administering Penang since the last election and this actually what the media is trying to correct.
But LGE is another leader of a democratic party!