Lim won’t be tried on Taman Manggis issue, says Penang exco

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GEORGE TOWN: Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng will be tried at the Sessions Court over the rezoning of land in Balik Pulau, besides a separate property purchase charge, state DAP chairman Chow Kon Yeow said.

Chow clarified the rezoning matter has nothing to do with the contentious Taman Manggis issue.

Chow said the matter was related to a land rezoning application by Magnificent Emblem Sdn Bhd, which Phang Li Koon is one of its owners. He had earlier said the application was already rejected by the city council.

Phang was Lim’s former landlord and the latter bought her bungalow last year.

“We at Penang DAP assume that this charges were trumped up to kill Saudara Lim’s political career.

“We call on all DAP supporters to stay calm as we wade through this storm and await for the next course of action after a meeting,” Chow told reporters outside the Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission headquarters in Northam Road here today.

Chow said Lim is charged with the Balik Pulau land rezoning in his capacity as CM to approve rezoning of a agricultural land to housing/residential land.

Chow added that before he was led off by anti graft officers, Lim told him to stay strong.

“He told the me to weather this political crisis and ensure the state government remains strong at this point of time,” Chow said.

Lim is to be charged under Sect 23 of the MACC Act for allowing an application to rezone a piece of land owned by Phang Li Khoon’s company Magnificent Emblem and Sect 165 of the Penal Code for buying a property below market value.

Section 165 stipulates that it is an offence for a public servant to obtain anything without consideration from persons concerned in any proceeding or business transacted by such a public servant.