The Penang High Court has absolved an alleged corruption charge on the Minister of Finance Lim Guan Eng and his former landlady Phang Li Khoon today by the Attorney General.
In 2016, the Minister of Finance was accused of being corrupted when he held the position of Chief Minister in Penang. He was accused of using the Chief Minister position in Penang to purchase a bungalow and a plot of land at below market value. Lim Guan Eng purchased the bungalow and the plot of land at a value of RM2.8 million, when the bungalow and the plot of land were valued at RM4.3 million.
He was also charged for corruption for granting an approval for converting an agriculture land into a public housing zone. The approval was granted to Magnificient Emblem Sdn Bhd.
Lim Guan Eng was facing imprisonment for up to 20 years and a fine up to five times the bribe, or RM10,000 under Section 23 of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Act 2009.
Whereas, Phang Li Khoon was facing incarceration up to two years, or/and a fine under the Section 165 of the Penal Code.
The prosecution representative, Mohd Masri Daud had asked the Judge Datuk Hadhariah Syed Ismail to discharged both Lim Guan End and Phang Li Khoon but not amounting to an acquittal. The Judge instead granted the acquittal, which meant that both Lim Guan Eng and Phang Li Khoon will not be summoned to court for the same case in the future.
The Judge Datuk Hadhariah Syed Ismail said that “I cannot agree with the prosecution. We do not conduct cases on an installment basis. There must be a stop. No comma, comma. So after studying the whole case, and the long duration to get the decision, the court orders both the accused to be discharged amounting to an acquittal.”
By: EL Cheng
Sep 3, 2018 @ 15:50