Bersatu’s perspective of the Lim Dynasty: Its rise, fall and uncertain future

LIM Guan Eng’s critique of Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin’s leadership decisions within Bersatu and his recent confrontation with Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow have added complexity and intrigue to the nation’s political landscape.

As the heir to the Lim Dynasty and currently DAP chairman, Guan Eng’s open commentary on these issues against his family’s declining public image has sparked debate and controversy.

The journey of the Lim Dynasty – especially that of Lim Guan Eng and his father Tan Sri Lim Kit Siang – has shifted from being revered champions of moral politics and reform to facing public ridicule and satire.

ALL IN A FAMILY: Lim Kit Siang (seated, right) with Guan Eng (seated, left), Hui Ying (standing, right) and Hui Ming

Guan Eng’s legal challenges and public missteps – alongside Lim Hui Ying’s parliamentary blunders – have contrasted sharply with their once dignified political image. In this context, DAP under the leadership of Guan Eng, Anthony Loke Siew Fook and others like Chow Kon Yeow is navigating turbulent waters.

The recent spat between Guan Eng and Chow over alleged plots to unseat the latter as Penang CM has highlighted internal tensions within the party.

Public reaction

Guan Eng’s dismissal of Chow’s concerns about internal and external plots to remove him following Loke’s clarification underscores the challenges in maintaining party unity and coherence.

Witnessing these developments, Kit Siang faces a bittersweet reality. The elder Lim who has established a respected political legacy now sees his family’s reputation intertwined with political satire and controversy.

Lim Guan Eng (right) and Chow Kon Yeow (left)

The existence of pride in past achievements mixed with dismay at their current portrayal reflects the complex emotions associated with witnessing such a transformation.

Observers note DAP’s shift in stance, particularly under its current leadership. The party, once a vocal critic of specific policies, appears to have moderated its approach since gaining power.

This change, coupled with internal disputes like the one between Guan Eng and Chow, raises questions about the DAP’s consistency and commitment to its founding principles.

The public reaction to the Lim Dynasty’s evolution – especially within the Chinese community – varies from disbelief and amusement to disappointment. Their actions and decisions – closely scrutinised – have become frequent topics in social media and casual debates.

From a narrative of political influence and reform, it has transformed into a story marked by internal drama, irony and satire, raising questions about the future role and influence of the Lim Dynasty and the DAP in Malaysia’s political landscape.


Mahathir Mohd Rais is Bersatu Federal Territories’ information chief.

The views expressed are solely of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Focus Malaysia.

Main pic credit: Perak Hari Ini

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