PETALING JAYA: Just donate RM10 if you stand in solidarity with Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng, Penang DAP urged today.
Penang DAP Vice-Chairman Zairil Khir Johari says the money should be banked in to the party’s Maybank account No. 507013014596.
Zairil, who is also Bukit Bendera MP, said the party hoped to raise the RM1 million to help pay the bail for Lim, who was charged with corruption in the Penang High Court today.
The money has already been paid using the party’s funds in the meantime.
Zairil said the Penang DAP condemned the politically-motivated charges against Lim as well as the heavy-handed manner in which he was treated.
He said Lim was arrested in his office yesterday after chairing a State Exco meeting, and was then held in detention overnight by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).
“This was unnecessary to say the least, especially when Saudara Guan Eng has given full cooperation in the investigation thus far.
“Furthermore, Saudara Guan Eng’s bail amount was set by the High Court at RM1 million, an amount that is extremely excessive, given that bail is simply meant as a mechanism to prevent an accused person from absconding.
“Clearly, there is no such risk in this case.
“Following this, Penang DAP has received many requests from the public who wish to contribute to the bail amount of RM1 million,” Zairil said in a statement this evening.
Earlier this morning, Lim and his former landlord, Phang Li Koon, were in the dock for their alleged involvement in rezoning an agricultural land and purchase of a below-market-price bungalow at Pinhorn Road. Both pleaded not guilty and claimed trial.