Leslie & Company – the second component – The Red Rock connection
Lim Guan Eng first became the de facto Chief Minister of Penang on the night of March 8, 2008 when the DAP gathered in a hotel room in the Red Rock Hotel in Jalan Macalister, Penang to discuss what to do now that they have won the majority of the ADUN seats in Penang.
Red Rock Hotel was DAP’s operational headquarters and where the DAP war room was situated in GE12 in 2008.
It was in Red Rock Hotel that Lim Guan Eng “nominated” himself as the new Chief Minister of Penang and poor Chow Kon Yeow, the most senior Penang DAP leader was blindsided and caught unprepared for that shock and awe moment so much so that he could not voice any objection to Lim Guan Eng’s self-nomination and along with it the Chow was robbed of his Chief Ministership in Penang.
The owners of Red Rock Hotel are a couple of gangsters who have decided to go “legit” – be involved in business so as to gain respectability. And what kind of business do gangsters pick when they wanna go “legit’?
The construction business of course – Tan Sri Tan Kok Ping had his own construction company. So has his eternal gang rival – Tan Sri Lim Gaik Tong with his Farlim Construction. Goh Choon Lye had Penas Construction. Heck, even that criminal who changed his name to Dato’ Loh Gan has his own construction company. So of course, there was born the company called Red Rock Construction Sdn Bhd in Penang owned and headed by Penang’s very own yakuza gang – Loh Lam Peng and Loh Nam Seng. They are from the “Hung Mun Triad Society” – “Hung Mun” means “Red Door” in Chinese , all taking their influence from the fallen Ming Emperor.
They have done well and they have even established the Red Rock Group of Companies – many companies of diversified businesses – drugs, smuggling, gambling, bookies, extortion, black mailing, prostitution, vices, loan sharking, money laundering and now property development. Their hotel is actually situated at the junction of Jalan Macalister and Abu Sittee Lane where old timers would remember is the gangster haunt and territory in Penang and was even known in Hokkien as “Sam Seng Hung”. These guys Loh Lam Peng and Loh Nam Seng who own the Red Rock Hotel also runs the huge disco and entertainment centre in Abu Sittee Lane where the music pulsates from late night into morning hours.
They are also the top supplier of Ecstasy and Ketamine pills or also known as Happy 5 pills for those who want to “feng tau” and booze themselves crazy.
Then there are the girls and PROs and prostitutes that will conveniently snag their clients and adjourn to the nearby Red Rock Hotel for a “one shot” or overnight service. In the Red Rock Hotel, there are certain rooms available for “hourly” stay which comes in useful for such vice activities.
These guys are now building their own condominium project in Penang – in respectable Logan Road, land and approval, courtesy of Lim Guan Eng, of course they are one of the original funders of the DAP in Penang and especially in 2008 in their successful assault and so now, it is payback time for them.
So certainly the payback this time will even be bigger with their involvement together with Low Eng Hock of Ivory Property to undertak the massive construction contracts in the mega-infrastructure and undersea tunnel project worth RM 8 billion.
No wonder, Lim Guan Eng is saying it is raining money in Penang – yes, it is indeed, for the Red Rock Group.