MACC wraps up inquiry on wife, Guan Eng next

Betty Chew

GEORGE TOWN: Anti-graft officers are done questioning Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng’s wife, Betty Chew over the RM2.8 million purchase of a bungalow in Pinhorn Road here last year.

Lim’s lead counsel, Gobind Singh Deo said the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) are, however, expected to question Lim further tomorrow morning.

“Investigation into Ms Betty Chew is complete and Lim is expected to be interviewed tomorrow from 10am.

“The investigation went smoothly,” Gobind said when met outside the state MACC headquarters here today.

Earlier, Lim and Chew spent seven hours being questioned by MACC officers, with their lawyers, RSN Rayer and Ramkarpal Singh Deo, respectively, present.

Tasek Gelugor MP Shabudin Yahaya had first brought up the RM2.8 million bungalow purchase during a Dewan Rakyat sitting in March.

He claimed that Lim had purchased his bungalow from businesswoman Phang Li Koon 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.

Phang was later linked to Kuala Lumpur International Dental Centre Sdn Bhd, a company which had purchased a plot of land in Taman Manggis from the state government for RM11.5 million.

In a statutory declaration, Phang said she has no links with the Taman Manggis land purchase nor the company that owns it.