Guan Eng and wife to be quizzed by MACC tomorrow


GEORGE TOWN: Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng and his wife will be present tomorrow at the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) office to assist in the investigation into his RM2.8 million Pinhorn Road bungalow purchase last year.

Lim’s counsel Gobind Singh Deo, when contacted, said both will be present tomorrow at 9.30am to be questioned.

“Yes, they will be there tomorrow and I am accompanying them,” he told the FMT.

TV3’s Buletin Utama reported MACC Investigations Division Director Azam Baki as saying that Lim and his wife, Betty Chew, will be present with their lawyers to give a statement.

Tasek Gelugor MP Shabudin Yahaya had first brought up the matter during a Dewan Rakyat sitting in March.

He claimed that Lim had purchased his bungalow below the market price, with similar properties in the area priced between RM6 million and RM6.5 million.

Lim then said there was no wrongdoing in the bungalow purchase as the price was determined on a “willing-buyer-willing-seller” basis.

He said he used his allowances as an assemblyman and MP to put a RM700,000 downpayment for the 10,000 sq ft bungalow, with the remaining sum financed by a bank.

Later, the bungalow purchase was alleged to be linked to the RM11.5 million Taman Manggis government land sale in 2010.

Lim has denied such allegations and said he was willing to be investigated.

In a statutory declaration, Lim’s former landlord, Phang Li Koon, said she has no links with the Taman Manggis land purchase and the company that owns it.