PETALING JAYA: MCA has queried if Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng would have been able to purchase his bungalow at a below market price if not for his “unusual” relationship with the house owner and her business partner.
The party’s Publicity Bureau Chairman Chai Kim Sen was referring to the alleged relationship Lim had with the house seller, Phang Li Koon and her business associate Dr Tang Yong Chew.
In a statement, Chai alleged that Phang had an “unusual” relationship with the state government and had intentionally avoided mentioning her partnership with Tang, the majority stakeholder of the Kuala Lumpur International Dental Centre (KLIDC), to which a plot of land in Taman Manggis had been sold to.
He claimed that both Lim and Phang had avoided the issue involving the sale of the Taman Manggis land.
“Phang and Tang are business partners and directors in another three companies and all this information is available through the Companies Commission of Malaysia.”
He also claimed Phang developed a close relationship with Lim’s wife, Betty Chew immediately after Pakatan Rakyat took over Penang.
“The fact that her statement was read out by Penang Exco member Phee Boon Poh, only proves that her relationship with the state government is more than ordinary.”
He claimed this indicated that Phang had an extraordinarily close relationship with the state government, including the Chief Minister and his wife, as well as with the majority shareholder of KLIDC.
“Would Tang have been able to purchase the Taman Manggis land at such a low price if not for this special relationship?
“Subsequently, would Lim have also been able to purchase his house below the market price?” he questioned, adding both Lim and Phang owed the public an explanation.
Last week in Parliament, Tasek Gelugor MP Shabudin Yahaya accused Lim of buying the house for only RM2.8 million, a figure allegedly lower than the market value for similar houses in the area.
On, Tuesday Phang signed a statutory declaration explaining the circumstances of the purchase and pleaded with the public to leave her alone as the house was sold on a “willing buyer, willing seller” basis.