GEORGE TOWN – Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng and his wife Betty Chew arrived at the
Penang office of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission at 9.30am today to have
their statements recorded over what is believed to be the purchase of a bungalow and
sale of land.
They arrived in the official car of the chief minister. Three lawyers had also
come along, R.S.N. Rayer and Gobind Singh Deo, representing Lim, and Ramkarpal
Singh, for Chew.
The statements to be recorded are believed to be pertaining to Lim’s purchase
of a bungalow in Jalan Pinhorn and the sale of land in Taman Manggis, Jalan
The purchase of the bungalow for RM2.8 million became a controversy after Tasek
Gelugor MP Datuk Shabudin Yahaya disclosed in the Dewan Rakyat that the price
was below the market value.
It was also claimed that the purchase was connected to the sale of the land in
Taman Manggis that had been reserved for a housing project for the poor.
When approached, Gobind Singh said they were informed that the MACC required
two days to record the statements.
“The process (of recording the statements) will go on up to 1pm and resume
at 2.30pm after the lunch break.
“If necessary, we will have to return tomorrow. But for now, that is all
that I can inform you,” he told reporters at the compound of the MACC office in
Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah.
Gobind Singh also said that he had been informed that the previous owner of
the bungalow, Phang Li Koon, had been called to give a statement today at the
Putrajaya MACC office. – BERNAMA