Three possible reasons why someone invited Guan Eng to Gerakan’s Wawasan University for the inauguration of Chong Eu as its first chancellor:
- it’s common courtesy to invite the Chief Minister;
- the person who issued the invitation has a good sense of humour; or
- the person who issued the invitation wanted to watch the ‘fun’; or
- all of the above
Wish I was there to watch all those awkward looks.
Anyway, contrast this with how Zaid Ibrahim’s presence at Pakatan events has been greeted by the folks in Umno.
This report from The Star:
Guan Eng in ‘enemy territory’
GEORGE TOWN: After severely criticising his predecessor Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon and Gerakan leaders for the last eight months, Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng found himself in “enemy territory” yesterday.
He made an unscheduled appearance at the inauguration ceremony of Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu as Wawasan Open University’s (WOU) first chancellor at the university’s campus. His attendance drew surprised stares from guests and newsmen present.
After all, it was clearly a Gerakan function with party bigwigs like adviser Tun Dr Lim Keng Yaik and Gerakan’s co-founder and the state’s former Chief Minister Dr Lim Chong Eu himself.
Arriving about 10 minutes earlier than Dr Koh, who is also the Gerakan president, Guan Eng took his place at the VIP seat right up front. Ever the gentleman, Dr Koh immediately rushed over to where his successor was sitting to shake his hand and pose for pictures upon arrival.
While State Gerakan chief and former state Local Government Committee chairman Datuk Dr Teng Hock Nan did not look pleased, Gerakan secretary-general and former Penang Tourism Development and Environment Committee chairman Teng Chang Yeow was his usual chatty self, cracking jokes with those around him.
Guan Eng was later spotted chatting with Keng Yaik after the ceremony while his bodyguard exchanged pleasantries outside with his former boss Chong Eu.
When contacted, Guan Eng’s special assistant Wong Kim Fei said an official invitation was extended to his boss.
“Lim (Guan Eng) initially could not make it because of a prior engagement but that was cancelled at the last minute so he was able to attend the do. He would never just waltz in uninvited,” Wong said.