State chief minister Lim Guan Eng sets sights on federal government

FAMILY TAKES BACK SEAT: "What's changed is I don't have time for family. That's my only regret." - LIM GUAN ENG (above), on his life in politics.
FAMILY TAKES BACK SEAT: "What's changed is I don't have time for family. That's my only regret." - LIM GUAN ENG (above), on his life in politics.ST PHOTO: TRINNA LEONG

KUALA LUMPUR • Malaysia's election season is in full swing and Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng displays the bleary-eyed weariness of having worked 18-hour days for the past few weeks.

The 57-year-old politician, however, perks up when the discussion turns to Penang's transformation into a vibrant tourism and industrial hub under his decade-long leadership. "It's been challenging but satisfying," he said of his tenure.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 17, 2018, with the headline 'State chief minister sets sights on federal government'. Print Edition | Subscribe