Phang and business associate to face MACC tomorrow

Tang Yong Chew

PETALING JAYA: Anti-graft authorities are expected to interview Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng’s former landlord Phang Li Koon and her business associate, Tang Yong Chew.

Sources say that Phang and Tang will be interrogated by Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) officials at their headquarters in Putrajaya at 8.30am tomorrow.

Lim and his wife, Betty Chew, will also face MACC officers at their Penang headquarters at 9.30am tomorrow.

Phang and Tang were alleged to have been linked in Lim’s bungalow sale and the Taman Manggis government land sale in Penang.

Phang, in a statutory declaration, revealed she sold her bungalow to Lim for RM2.8 million, said by the Barisan Nasional to be below the market price.

Lim has declared he is innocent and he was open to investigation by the authorities.

Questions were raised about a possible link to Kuala Lumpur International Dental Centre (KLIDC), when Lim’s adversaries revealed the alleged business connections between Phang and Tang, who is KLIDC majority shareholder.

In the statutory declaration, Phang stated she was neither a director nor a shareholder of KLIDC.

She had also admitted to knowing Lim’s family since 2008 and said she was a close friend of Lim’s wife.

KLIDC bought a plot of state land in Taman Manggis which had been previously allocated for the second phase of a public housing project, according to the Barisan Nasional.

Documents leaked on blogs revealed an agreement to sell KLIDC to a third party for RM70.6 million.

Tang had told Nanyang Siang Pau that he did not know Lim personally and only met the DAP secretary-general after KLIDC successfully bid for the Taman Manggis land.

KLIDC had no other business dealings with the Penang government, he said.