PETALING JAYA: A DAP Exco has asked Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Minister Abdul Rahman Dahlan to preserve “his dignity and self-respect” instead of questioning the credibility of a statutory declaration (SD) on Lim Guan Eng’s bungalow .
Sungai Puyu assemblyman Phee Boon Poh said what Rahman had done was “unbecoming of a public figure”.
In a statement, he said it would be better for the minister to speak truthfully instead of finding ways to impress the public and harm well-meaning individuals with baseless accusations.
Phee said just because he was entrusted to read out the statutory declaration of the bungalow seller, Phang Li Koon, yesterday did not mean its contents could be discredited or used to implicate Lim.
“Her statutory declaration stands on its own, with or without Ms Phang’s presence in front of the media.”
He was responding to a tweet by Rahman, who earlier today was reported to have said it was “weird” Phee had read out Phang’s SD.
The BN strategic communication director also wondered why Phang did not read the SD herself so that she could field questions from the press on the sale of the bungalow.
Phang – who is Phee’s relative – had in her SD yesterday said she was not forced or under any influence to sell the bungalow to the Penang chief minister below the market price.
She also denied she had benefited from the state government by selling the house to Lim. She denied any connection to a separate land deal.
Phee – who is also the Penang Welfare, Caring Society and Environment Committee chairman – said he would advise Phang to lodge a police report over actions meant to “jeopardise her personal and family’s reputation”.
Lim had recently come under fire after it was revealed in Parliament that he had paid RM2.8 million for a double-storey bungalow on 10,000 sq ft of land at No 25 Jalan Pinhorn, off Green Lane, in George Town.
BN’s Shabudin Yahaya, who had made the allegation, said the house was actually valued at RM6 to RM6.5m.
Lim had subsequently said the house was purchased on a “willing buyer, willing seller” basis.