KUALA LUMPUR: Cut out the publicity stunts, Gerakan Vice-President Dominic Lau told Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng.
“Why is Lim Guan Eng so reluctant to accept MACC’s investigation right now?” Lau asked in a statement released today.
“Cut the unnecessary gimmicks in (your) bungalow scandal. (You) could simply put an end to the public questioning by offering a satisfying explanation.”
Lau dismissed the recent guided tour that Lim gave members of the press, saying it couldn’t prove anything.
“What could a media visit to the house probably prove?
“The people are questioning how he managed to buy a bungalow at a price a few millions lower than its market value in Penang Island, where land is priced like gold.
“No one questions the luxurious interior design of his house. Please stop attempting to divert the public’s attention.”
Lau said Gerakan was more than willing to intervene if Lim or DAP could prove that other Menteris Besar or chief ministers were involved in bungalow scandals.
“Gerakan is more than willing to pressure them for an explanation, and fully support the authorities to launch an investigation against them, just like how Selangor DAP state representative Ng Suee Lim did in revealing former Selangor MB Khir Toyo’s corruption case.”
Lau said Lim needed to answer three questions satisfactorily:
# Did Lim conduct a proper check on the relationship between the house owner, Phang Li Koon, with the major shareholder of the Kuala Lumpur International Dental Centre S/B (KLIDC)?
# Lim insisted that he didn’t know the market price of the bungalow before buying it. How could he purchase a house that cost a whopping RM2.8 million without checking its market value? What drives him into believing that the house owner would not sell him the house at a price higher than its market price?
# Why would the house owner sell Lim the house at a much lower price, as in their verbal agreement two years earlier?
Lau further added that Lim and his father, Lim Kit Siang, had praised the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) for their investigation of the 1MDB scandal and the RM2.6 billion political donation case.
“Lim Kit Siang even turned up at MACC headquarters to show his support with his team. Why is Lim Guan Eng so reluctant to accept MACC’s investigation right now?”
Umno MP Shabudin Yahaya had claimed in Parliament last week that the house, which occupies 10,161 sq ft (943.98 sq metres), was bought by Lim on Oct 25 last year for RM2.8 million.
According to Shabudin, the market value of the property was between RM6 million and RM6.5milion.
MACC said a fresh investigation paper will be opened against Lim on the matter.
Lim has asked MACC to expedite the investigation so he could prove there were no elements of corrupt practice in the purchase.