Azalina: Opposition over-emotional in facing Lim’s corruption charges

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KUALA LUMPUR: Azalina Othman Said has called the Opposition “emotional” in how it dealt with the charges of corruption against Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng.

The Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department said that their emotions were out of fear that the charges against Lim were true.

“From what we’ve seen, BN representatives have also faced cases like this and not for the first time,” she said at a press conference today.

“BN is always assumed to be in the wrong. DAP, on the hand, is a different story.

“That’s what I’ve seen, that BN (representatives) are guilty until proven innocent, and Opposition politicians innocent until proven guilty.”

Earlier this morning, Lim was charged with two counts of corruption at the High Court and claimed trial to both charges.

Lim was charged with using his public office or position to obtain gratification for himself and his wife, Betty Chew, by approving an application by a company called Magnificent Emblem to convert agricultural land to residential status during a state exco meeting on July 18, 2014.

In the second charge, Lim was alleged to have used his position to obtain gratification by purchasing a bungalow from Phang Li Koon at RM2.8 million, which was below the property’s market value of RM4.7 million, on July 28, 2015.

Phang, Lim’s former landlord, was also charged with abetment in the case.

Azalina, who is also Pengerang MP, questioned whether the Opposition’s public support for Guan Eng was their way of pressuring the court.

“The way they have come out in droves looks like they are trying to pressure the court,” she said.

“If it was a BN representative or minister, we would just have kept our calm and let the courts handle it freely.”