Tun M says he appointed LGE as finance minister because he understands the job
New Straits Times May 27, 2018
Although he received backlash due to his decision to appoint a Chinese as the country’s Finance Minister in a Malay-majority country, Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad says he knows he made the right decision. He said, this was because DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng had proved himself to be worthy of the Cabinet post due to his good performance in managing the Penang state government at a time when DAP was still an opposition party. Dr Mahathir stressed on the fact that one should not be judged based on race but it should be based on quality and knowledge. “We know, for example that when DAP took over Penang, they managed the finances there much better than the previous (Barisan Nasional) government. They could not depend on the federal government as they were an opposition party (then). “Yet look at them, they managed the finances better. So we need to have quality people, not just party people or Malay or Chinese or Indian. “I want to put someone who understands finance and has shown a record. That is why I brought Guan Eng in,” he said as quoted by The Edge Weekly in an exclusive interview. On May 12, Dr Mahathir announced the three top Cabinet picks which included Lim who is a former banker and chartered accountant.
Despite Dr M's promise, LGE's corruption cases have not been dropped and he is appointed Finance Minister