Bungalow sale: Cops to record seller’s statement today

GEORGE TOWN: Police will record a statement from Phang Li Koon today, to facilitate investigations into claims that the content of the statutory declaration released by her regarding the purchase of a bungalow in Jalan Pinhorn by Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng allegedly contained false facts.

Penang police chief Abdul Ghafar Rajab said the woman was expected to give her statement at the Northeast district police headquarters here at around 9.30 am.

“Police had contacted her a few days ago and she was supposed to record her statement yesterday but she asked for it to be postponed till today due to some constraints.

“The case is being investigated under Section 199 of the Penal Code,” he said when contacted by Bernama here today.

Several parties, including the Penang Umno Youth had lodged police reports, and asked the authorities to investigate Phang’s statement in her statutory declaration claiming she did not have any business dealings with the DAP-led Penang government.

Previously, Tasek Gelugor MP Shabudin Yahaya had asked the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to investigate Lim’s purchase of the bungalow, which was allegedly bought below the market price.

Shabudin reportedly said the house was purchased from Phang at a price of RM2.8 million, while independent assessments showed the current value of the bungalow was in the region of RM6-6.5 million.

Meanwhile, Abdul Ghafar said the police had received more than 10 police reports from various parties regarding Phang’s statutory declaration which allegedly contained false information regarding the purchase of the bungalow and the sale of the Taman Manggis Phase 2 land in Jalan Zainal Abidin.