Hey, that's the minister's car! Photo of illegally parked Merc in Penang goes viral

By now, his car is probably as famous, or infamous, as the owner.

Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng’s official car has made its way into the social media limelight again.

A report was lodged with the Penang Municipal Council (MPPP) Watch Facebook page after the Mercedes-Benz S300 - bearing carplate PG1 - was seen parked on the bicycle lane in front of a bus depot in Jalan Gurdwara.

The picture was taken when Lim had gone into the depot to launch the Urban Xchange, Malaysia’s first international street art festival on Friday (Nov 21).

The complainant also claimed that MPPP enforcement officers did not take action when they passed by, newspaper The Star reported.

Not the first time

In July, Lim made news when his official car was photographed parked at a no-parking zone at a shopping mall in Jalan Datuk Keramat here and subsequently uploaded to Facebook.

He denied his car was illegally parked and said that the mall’s management had told his driver he could park there.

In August last year, Lim found himself the target of criticism over photographs of his official car illegally parked in Campbell Street were uploaded to Facebook (see picture below).

Lim was subsequently quoted in a report as saying that his driver was also liable to being fined by the local government enforcers like everyone else, “if he was unlucky”.

He had also said that his driver was in the car at the time and that he had advised his driver that it was not right to park illegally.

Sources: The Star, Malay Mail