MACC wraps up investigation into Guan Eng

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PETALING JAYA: The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has completed its investigations into Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng.

While the anti-graft body was previously tight-lipped over what it was investigating Lim for, it is believed to revolve around his purchase of a bungalow below the market price.

In a brief statement, the MACC said it had handed over investigation papers to Attorney-General Mohamed Apandi Ali to decide on the next course of action.

“If Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi is satisfied with the investigation, he would take the appropriate action,” the statement read, adding that prosecution powers lay with the nation’s top lawyer.

Earlier this month, Lim, who is also the DAP secretary-general, was grilled over the purchase of the RM2.8 million property in Pinhorn Road last year.

The purchase of the bungalow first came to light after Tasek Gelugor MP Shabudin Yahaya accused Lim of buying the property at below the market price during a Dewan Rakyat sitting in March.

It was reported that similar properties in the same neighbourhood were priced between RM6 million and RM6.5 million.

Lim, however, defended the purchase, stating it was made on a “willing-buyer-willing-seller basis”.

The bungalow’s previous owner, Phang Li Koon, 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 had no links with the Taman Manggis land purchase nor the company that owns it.