Minister posts should be based on merit: Guan Eng

PETALING JAYA: Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng said that he would not want the Finance Minister post if it were solely based on race.

"I don't want to be finance minister just because I'm Chinese, I'm Malaysian not Chinese, you must choose me on the basis that I can deliver," he said at a DAP thanksgiving lunch in Air Putih.

"It's a very tough job but like what Tun Dr Mahathir said today, he chose me because of my ability that I had turned around Penang, he had seen the good financial performance of Penang and we recorded annual surpluses. That's why he wants the best to save the country," he said on his Facebook page.

"I would like to also thank the people of Penang whether they are Malay, Chinese or Indian because we won very big (in Penang) in the general election ... 37 out of 40. This gives me great hope because the people of Penang had shown that they want a new Malaysia. They want leaders who can work. This is a very heavy responsibility and we will fight for you everyday to make sure we will have better country for our children," said Lim, who's also Air Putih assemblyman and MP for Bagan.