KEPALA BATAS: Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng should not have burdened the people by allowing his party to hold a donation drive to raise funds for his RM1 million bail after he was charged with two counts of corruption, said Penang Umno’s deputy chairman Reezal Merican.
He said that although it was true that Lim himself had not asked for the donation, “but as a Chief Minister, Lim should be responsible and use his own money. He could have just stopped DAP from making the collection as the prosecution is made against him, not the party.”
Reezal urged Lim to step down as Chief Minister and give way for other DAP leaders to take over the post.
He said that Opposition politicians, in the past, had pestered Barisan Nasional leaders charged in court to step down from their post. Lim should now do the same to prove his integrity.
Lim, 56, was charged with using his position as chief minister for his personal interest and that of his wife, Betty Chew Gek Cheng, by approving the conversion of a piece of land from agriculture to residential status and transferring the land to a company, Magnificient Emblem Sdn Bhd.
He was also charged with corruptly obtaining for himself, and his wife, a piece of land and a bungalow at No 25, Jalan Pinhorn, George Town, from businesswoman Phang Li Koon at below the market value, for RM2.8 million, when the value of the properties then was worth RM4.27 million.
Asked for comment on a report that Lim would hold an information session with the people at Dewan Sri Pinang in George Town on Monday to explain his prosecution, Reezal Merican said the people should just allow the matter to be decided by the court.
“Let the case be judged in the court, not on the streets,” he added.
Parliamentary Opposition leader Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, who is president of PKR, and Amanah president Mohamad Sabu are also expected to be present.
The DAP, PKR and Amanah are partners in the Pakatan Harapan alliance.