Ever since DAP Secretary-General Lim Guan Eng took the helm in Penang, he has gone to great lengths to make it known that he is the one to thank for "eradicating hard-core poverty" in the state.
In April he claimed he had been successful in that goal, when "Penang created history this year for being the first state in the country to wipe out poverty," (a claim he strangely also made back in 2009).
Indeed, just prior to GE13 he ambitiously claimed that if Pakatan Rakyat took Putrajaya, their combined brainpower could eliminate poverty nationally within five years.
But Lim's claim has been proven to be false time and again.
After his most recent dalliance with smoke and mirrors socialism, the Malay Mail carried the story of Muniandy Kolandai, the partially blind 74-year-old who could not even afford his RM150 rent and had made his home in a food court basement car park.
"I applied for welfare aid two years ago but I have yet to receive any response," Muniandy, a native Penangite, said tellingly.Now, Lim Guan Eng's own coalition ally, PAS, has claimed that he has failed in his promise.