TTF: Another report by The Malay Mail Online which TTF found to be dubious and edited (edited section in blue)
KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has frozen four bank accounts owned by Penang state executive councillor Phee Boon Poh pending investigations into an illegal factory processing carbon-filters in Sungai Lembu, according to a news report.
The Star Online quoted an MACC source as saying that the four personal accounts which totaled to RM 2 million were frozen before the weekend.
“We are still investigating,” the source reportedly said, adding that the MACC are still recording statements from the relevant parties.
Earlier this week, the MACC raided Phee’s service centre in Butterworth amid an investigation on an illegal carbon filter factory.
The MACC is reportedly investigating Phee, who is the state environment committee chairman, for allegedly issuing two letters to the Seberang Prai Municipal Council (MPSP) ordering it to delay enforcement action against the factory.
Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng, who is also DAP secretary-general, reportedly said it was his administration’s policy not to take action against illegal buildings built before 2008 pending an amicable solution.
However, the Chief Minister acknowledged that the factory brought negative impact to villagers after it was revealed that the incidence of cancer in Kampung sungai Lembu far surpassed the national average by a factor of 23 times.
He then went on to contradict himself by admitting that his administration was torn between legalising the factory and stopping operations altogether, which brings to question a decision by his administration to issue a directive to MPSP purportedly stopping the council from taking action.
Adapted from: The Malay Mail Online