GEORGE TOWN – Penang Pakatan Harapan today expressed their full support for Lim Guan Eng to remain as Penang Chief Minister.
Penang PKR chairman Datuk Mansor Othman said Pakatan Harapan which comprises PKR, Parti Amanah Negara (PAN) and DAP in a meeting this morning unanimously concurred that Guan Eng need not resign or go on leave.
“We took a number of standpoints in this decision, firstly, the post of chief minister currently held by Lim Guan Eng is not linked with the judiciary or other legal institutions and national enforcement agencies such as the Malaysian Anti-corruption Commission and Royal Malaysian Police.
“So political interference doesn’t arise,” he told a media conference at the office of the Penang chief minister here today.
Also present were Guan Eng, PAN president Datuk Dr Mujahid Yusof Rawa and state DAP chairman Chow Kon Yeow.
According to Mansor, PKR believed that Guan Eng’s prosecution was politically motivated, aimed at destroying his political career, and undermining the cooperation and solidarity of Pakatan Harapan in Penang and in the country.
On Thursday, Guan Eng, 56, was at the High Court to answer two charges. He claimed trial on both counts.
On the first charge, he is accused of abusing his position as chief minister to approve an application by Magnificient Emblem Sdn Bhd for rezoning of a piece of agricultural land to residential land.
He allegedly committed the offence for his own and his wife Betty Chew Gek Cheng’s interest.
On the second charge the DAP secretary-general stands accused of corruptly obtaining for himself and his wife, a piece of land and bungalow at 25, Jalan Pinhorn, George Town here from a businesswoman, Phang Li Koon for RM2.8 million. – BERNAMA