Baseless, Guan Eng says on second graft charge
Predeep Nambiar -August 10, 2020 1:41 PM
BUTTERWORTH: Former Penang chief minister Lim Guan Eng today dismissed the RM3.3 million corruption charge against him, calling it baseless and politically motivated.
He said he had never received such an amount, nor did he possess such money in his bank account or in cash.
“The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) never asked me for proof that such money was found in my account or in cash owned by me,” he said in a press conference at his parliamentary service centre at Kampung Gajah here.
“Where is the money that I allegedly took? It is a baseless charge.”
Lim earlier claimed trial to the charge of abuse of power which allegedly took place between 2011 and 2017.
He was accused of using his position as chief minister to seek gratification of RM3.3 million from Zarul Ahmad Mohd Zulkifli to ensure that the RM6.3 billion Penang undersea tunnel and roads project would be awarded to the latter’s company.
The charge under Section 23 (1) of the MACC Act 2009 carries a maximum jail term of 20 years and a fine of up to five times the amount of gratification solicited upon conviction.
Guan Eng charged with abuse of power over tunnel project
Predeep Nambiar -August 10, 2020 9:37 AM
BUTTERWORTH: Former Penang chief minister Lim Guan Eng was charged at the Sessions Court here today with abuse of power in relation to the RM6.3 billion undersea tunnel and main roads project, just days after claiming trial to another charge of asking for bribes in connection with the same project.
He was accused of abusing his power as chief minister under Section 23 (1) of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Act 2009 by seeking gratification of RM3.3 million to appoint Zarul Ahmad Mohd Zulkifli’s company to build the project.
He was alleged to have committed the offence between January 2011 and August 2017 on the 28th floor of Komtar.
KUALA LUMPUR – Malaysia’s ex-Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng was charged on Monday (Aug 10) morning with receiving an RM3.3 million (S$1.08 million) bribe in relation to the Penang undersea tunnel project during his tenure as the state’s chief minister.
This is the second charge, after Lim, 59, was last week arrested and charged in Kuala Lumpur by the country’s anti graft body over allegedly soliciting a bribe over the same project.
He has claimed trial to the second charge, read out at the Sessions Court in Penang this morning.
He is due to face another unspecified charge tomorrow (Aug 11).
Lim, whose wife has also been arrested, has claimed that the corruption charges against him was a form of political persecution.
The RM6.3 billion Penang underseat tunnel project has been subjected to much controversy and has been under the radar of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) since 2017.
However, the investigation against Lim picked up pace recently, months after the Pakatan Harapan (PH) administration lost federal power to Perikatan Nasional following a series of defections. Lim was the finance minister for 22 months in the PH government.