MCA: ‘Political interference’ in Guan Eng’s plea to drop corruption trial?

The MCA claimed today that the DAP secretary-general’s proposal to the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) to drop the corruption charges over his Penang house purchase for below market price “strongly reeks of political interference.

On October 21, 2015, Guan Eng was charged with abusing his position as then Penang chief minister to acquire a house on Pinhorn Road in George Town from businesswoman Phang Li Koon, whom he also allegedlyhad official dealings with, for RM2.8 million, which was about RM1.5 million below the market price at the time.

KUALA LUMPUR: The Pakatan Harapan government must prove its commitment to uphold the rule of law by allowing the due process to take place with regards to Lim Guan Eng’s corruption trial, Datuk Seri Ti Lian Ker said today.

The MCA publicity spokesman said the DAP secretary-general’s proposal to the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) to drop the corruption charges over his Penang house purchase for below market price “strongly reeks of political interference”.

“Both institutions of the Attorney-General and the Judiciary must be allowed to discharge their duties without any form of interference,” he said in a statement.

“If politicians start giving these institutions certain instructions, then we are no different from what we were before — when we alleged political interference,” he added.

Lim has been named finance minister in the new federal Cabinet under Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and is scheduled to take his oath of office before the King at Istana Negara this evening.

On October 21, 2015, he was charged with abusing his position as then Penang chief minister to acquire a house on Pinhorn Road in George Town from businesswoman Phang Li Koon, whom he also allegedlyhad official dealings with, for RM2.8 million, which was about RM1.5 million below the market price at the time.

The charge, under Section 23 of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Act 2009, carries a maximum jail term of 20 years and a fine of no less than five times the amount or value of the gratification, or RM10,000, whichever is higher, upon conviction.

Trial started on March 26 but was postponed a day later. The High Court had earlier today scheduled Lim’s case to be mentioned again on July 30.

Source: The Malay Mail Online

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