Perak Amanah says LGE case meant to divert attention

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PETALING JAYA: Perak Amanah has pledged full support for Lim Guan Eng, the DAP secretary-general and Penang chief minister, and described the two charges of corruption brought against him as being politically motivated.

Amanah’s state leader, Asmuni Awi, said the charges were an attempt to undermine the leadership of Pakatan Harapan, which groups the DAP, PKR and Amanah.

“The allegations against Lim were politically motivated and is an attempt to give a bad perception of the leadership of Pakatan Harapan.”

He said the corruption charges amounted to “selective persecution”, and added it was an attempt to divert public attention from controversies surrounding the federal government.

“It is an effort to distract attention from big issues such as 1Malaysia Development Berhad, the donations found in the Prime Minister’s personal bank account, and Umno’s internal disputes.”

He explained that these internal disputes were Umno’s recent expulsion of deputy president Muhyiddin Yassin and former Kedah menteri besar Mukhriz Mahathir, the suspension of Umno vice-president Shafie Apdal and the resignation of former second finance minister Ahmad Husni Hanadziah from all positions in the party.

He urged the people to continue pressuring the government to focus on issues that were of the country’s interest, instead of choosing other trivial issues concerning other parties.

Last Thursday, Lim was charged under Section 23 of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Act 2009 for re-zoning a piece of agricultural land for residential use, for the benefit of businesswoman Phang Li Khoon’s company Magnificent Emblem Sdn Bhd.

He was also charged under Section 165 of the Penal Code for buying his bungalow at Jalan Pinhorn for RM2.8 million, which was below the market valuation of RM4.7 million, from Phang.

She was charged with abetting Lim. Both have claimed trial.