What phone does former Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng use?

Many Malaysians are still reeling from the events that have transpired over the past week or so. We have a new federal government comprised of a “new” coalition: Perikatan Nasional—although the new government is likely to have some rather familiar faces taking up senior positions in the cabinet. The recently deposed Pakatan Harapan coalition, meanwhile, plans to issue a vote of no confidence during the next Parliamentary sitting, whenever that may be.

However, as events unfolded, we managed to catch a peek of the former Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng’s mobile device, and it’s certainly an interesting choice. In a Tweet on the 29th of February, Lim posted an image of himself having breakfast with his wife Betty Chiew, Lim Kit Siang and Johor DAP chief Liew Chin Tong, along with the caption:

Given the timing of the Tweet, Lim’s message is probably referring to Pakatan Harapan’s decision to back Tun Mahathir as its PM candidate—initially, the coalition put forward the name of Anwar Ibrahim as their candidate of choice. But if you look closely, you’ll notice that Lim has a Samsung Galaxy Fold by the side of his right arm, near the bottom of the image.

Someone in the office joked that the Fold is a better device for Lim to view spreadsheets on, but that’s actually a statement that makes some sense. The Galaxy Fold is Samsung’s foldable phone that unfolds into 7.3″ tablet, with a 4.6″ Cover Display on the front of the device. Part of the appeal of such a device—besides its obvious wow-factor—is the productivity potential of having a tablet that folds into your pocket.

There are other form-factors for foldable phones, too. The Galaxy Z Flip and Motorola Razr offer compactness, while the Huawei Mate X and its successor, the recently launched Huawei Mate Xs, is similar to the Galaxy Fold and yet, fundamentally different. You can find out more about Huawei’s new foldable by reading my first impressions here.

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Either way, Lim Guan Eng still retains the position of Secretary-General of DAP, along with his electoral posts of Bagan MP and Air Putih ADUN, and responsibilities within the new/old opposition within Parliament. There are certainly still plenty of spreadsheets and documents to view on his Samsung Galaxy Fold.

The foldable smartphone from Samsung retails in Malaysia for RM8,388, with a single configuration of 512GB of storage and 12GB of RAM. To find out more, click here.


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