GEORGE TOWN: Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng need not take a leave of absence pending a graft probe over his contentious bungalow purchase, Penang DAP said.
State DAP chairman Chow Kon Yeow said Lim was merely a victim of persecution by Barisan Nasional and had been found “guilt-free” by his peers.
“Following a meeting with 25 national DAP lawmakers, and based on facts presented, there is no case against the CM.
“Legally, there is no case against Lim. Although there is no case, CM and state government officers will give their full cooperation to MACC in conducting investigations,” he said at a press conference today.
Last year, Lim had purchased a RM2.8 million bungalow at a price said to be below the market rate.
An Inland Revenue Board valuation released by Lim’s detractors showed the bungalow’s market value to be RM4.27 million.
The bungalow’s former owner, Phang Li Koon, had come out with a statutory declaration (SD) saying that she had no links with the company that purchased a piece of land in Taman Manggis
Lim and Phang had said they did not know the current market value and had made a deal on a “willing buyer, willing seller” basis.
Phang had also said that Lim was a leader she admired and was proud to have sold her property to him.
Until today, Phang is nowhere to be seen — with a state executive councillor reading her SD during a press conference recently.
Meanwhile, in response to this, Lim’s legal adviser Gobind Singh Deo said anyone can read her SD.
“What is important are the contents of the SD, not who had read it. You go to court, lawyers read affidavits.
“Madam Phang will be giving a statement to the MACC. Perhaps, after she has done so, she can come out and explain the situation.”
Gobind also revealed that MACC would take Lim’s statement in Penang next week, pending several housekeeping matters.
““MACC called me and said they needed more time to find out more on this. They said give us two or three days.”