Guan Eng wants face-off with MP over land deal


PETALING JAYA: Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng has dared Tasek Gelugor MP Shabudin Yahaya to a face-off this Sunday to seek the truth and facts on his controversial “cheap” purchase of a double-storey bungalow for RM2.8 million.

Lim, also DAP’s Bagan MP, told newsmen that he would have the face-to-face meeting with the Barisan Nasional parliamentarian at his office in Komtar, George Town.

During Thursday’s parliamentary session, Shabudin had claimed that Lim had purchased the house in Jalan Pinhorn, George Town, at a low price despite extensive renovations done to it and linked it to a land deal in Taman Manggis.

“The allegation is baseless and a character assassination to destroy my political career,” Lim told newsmen, adding he had nothing to hide about his house purchase.

He said Shabudin would be given full courtesy at his office for the meeting.

Lim paid RM700,000 in cash and another RM2.1 million through a bank loan to purchase the 10,000 sq ft bungalow on July 28, 2015.

He had claimed the sale of the Taman Manggis land in Jalan Zainal Abidin, George Town, was done via open tender, adding the land was sold to the highest bidder.

He claimed his government had no knowledge the land was earmarked for low-cost housing.

Lim refused to take any additional questions from the media as he wanted to resolve the issue with Shabudin this Sunday before making any further comments.