GEORGETOWN – The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) today detained Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng and the former owner of a bungalow in Jalan Pinhorn, here Phang Li Koon.
The MACC said in its statement here Guan Eng was detained at his office on the 28th Floor, Bangunan Komtar here at 5.45pm while Phang was detained at 4.15pm at her office on the 6th Floor, Penang Garden here.
“The MACC had arrested Guan Eng and businesswoman, Phang Li Koon after receiving instruction from the Attorney-General’s Chambers to charge them in court tomorrow,” the MACC said in the statement.
Guan Eng and Phang will be charged under the MACC Act 2009 at the Penang Sessions Court tomorrow morning.
Attorney-General Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali said he would lead the prosecution team tomorrow.
“InsyaAllah, I will lead the prosecution team tomorrow at the Penang Sessions
Court,” he told Bernama.
Guan Eng, who was detained at his office at the Complex Tun Abdul Razak (Komtar) here by several MACC officers who were at the Komtar since this afternoon, and Phang were taken to the Penang MACC Headquarters in Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah, here.
Lim was taken to the MACC hadquarters accompanied by his lawyer, R.S.N.Rayer who is also the Seri Delima State Assemblyman, in a state government official car at 6.30pm.
Before the detention, Lim was in his office on the 28th Floor, Komtar here chairing the weekly State Exco meeting.
In the afternoon, Lim held a press conference on the debate on the undersea tunnel held here last night.
Earlier, four men believed to be MACC officers accompanied by state government staff entered the chief minister’s office at about 4.45pm.
DAP Advisor who is also Guan Eng’s father, Lim Kit Siang in his Tweet today said his son was detained by the MACC on two corruption charges.
Meanwhile, several members of Guan Eng’s family were seen at the MACC headquarters, here.
Guan Eng was earlier investigated by the MACC concerning the purchase of a bungalow in Jalan Pinhorn, here at a price of RM2.8 million from Phang and the purchase price was said to be below market price.
In May, Guan Eng and his wife Betty Chew gave statements at the MACC office concerning the investigation on the purchase of the bungalow and the sale of the land at Taman Manggis, Jalan Zainal Abidin, here which was meant for the construction of affordable homes to a private company.
In March, the Member of Parliament for Tasek Gelugor, Datuk Shabudin Yahaya had raised the two issues at the Dewan Rakyat sitting. – BERNAMA