PETALING JAYA: Penang MCA Youth has hit out at the Penang government for acting as “spokesperson” for Phang Li Koon, who sold her house to Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng.
The wing’s chief, Michael Lee, pointed out that Phang’s statutory declaration (SD) was read out by state Exco member Phee Boon Poh.
He also said it was Lim who came forward to produce documents in reply after allegations were made that Kuala Lumpur International Dental Centre (KLIDC) – which had won a bid to buy a piece of land in Taman Manggis – had applied to resell the property.
“Why must the top guns in the state government be the ‘spokespersons’ to read out statements and respond to accusations on others’ behalf, when the person and company concerned remains silent?”
Both Lim and Phang, he added, avoided touching on the queries concerning Phang’s links to KLIDC and claimed the public was interested in knowing if the duo benefited in any way.
The state government, that prides itself in so-called competency, accountability and transparency (CAT), must come clean with a good answer, Lee said.
Phang – who is Phee’s relative – had in her SD 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 the Taman Manggis land deal.
Phang’s business partner, Dr Tang Yong Chew, is a major KLIDC stakeholder.
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. It was said the property was valued at RM6-RM6.5 million.
In a related development, Selangor MCA Wanita Chief Ong Chong Swen slammed DAP’s Teresa Kok for declaring that the bungalow controversy was “no big deal”.
Kok’s declaration, Ong said in a statement, showed that the former practised double standards and it revealed how short-sighted she was.
She said the Seputeh lawmaker had in the past been quick to criticise BN leaders caught in similar situations.
“She should thus clarify what ‘a big deal’ is and what ‘no big deal’ is.”