Puchong folk keep up donation drive

Yap Chee Meng

KUALA LUMPUR: Residents of Puchong have carried on making donations towards the DAP although the party has raised RM1 million from the public to meet the cost of Lim Guan Eng’s bail on corruption charges.

Many residents were seen making RM10 donations today, in response to an appeal launched on Thursday by DAP vice-chairman Zairil Khir Johari.

A representative of the residents, Yap Chee Meng, told FMT that the residents found out yesterday afternoon that the target had been achieved.

“Actually, we tried to get the residents to come out and show support yesterday morning. Unfortunately, we came to know in the afternoon that the amount is enough.

“But when we spoke to the residents here, they actually wanted to get involved. So we decided to carry on with our programme. We just want the country to be fair and just,” he said.

Lim was charged on Wednesday on two counts of corruption: one under the MACC Act for abuse of power in rezoning a plot of agricultural land for residential use, the other under the Penal Code for buying his double-storey bungalow in Jalan Pinhorn for RM2.8 million, when the valuation was RM4.7 million.

Both cases involved businesswoman Phang Li Koon and her company Magnificent Emblem Sdn Bhd. She was charged with abetting Lim.

Bail was set at RM1 million for Lim and RM200,000 for Phang.

The DAP launched its public appeal on Thursday.

The Puchong residents said they were aware of the fact that any excess funds would be channeled towards another campaign, “Support, Sympathy and Solidarity with Lim Guan Eng”, as announced on Friday by national organising secretary Anthony Loke Siew Fook.

Among the Puchong donors today was freelance graphic designer Lena Ng, who was seen bringing her two children to the donation drive outside Maybank in Puchong Jaya.

She said children should be involved to understand right and wrong. “I explained to them in a simpler sense, what should be right and what should be wrong. The right thing to do is to help people who are in need. That’s how I explained to them rather than being political,” she said.

Ng said the themes of justice and fairness is imperative to the upbringing of her children, as “they will be living in the community later on in life.”

“So, the children should know what is right and wrong at a young age.”

Kinrara assemblyman Ng Sze Han praised the support given by Puchong residents, describing it as a “meaningful initiative”. He said he was invited to witness their support this morning.

“If they took the trouble to come here all the way and look for parking just to deposit RM10, this means that they’re very serious about their support for Lim,” he said.

Penang DAP chairman Chow Kon Yeow is reported to have said that the Penang DAP used RM890,000 of its funds and the RM110,00 from the national headquarters for Lim’s bail.

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