Ibrahim Ali: I would step down, without pressure


PETALING JAYA: Ibrahim Ali says he would step down if he was Penang chief minister and charged with corruption.

“If it was me, I don’t need to ask anyone else. No need to wait for people to pressure me. I myself (would step down), whether the accusations against me were politically (motivated) or not, that doesn’t matter,” he was quoted as saying yesterday

“What’s important is self awareness. The people will judge. If you step down they will judge you and if you don’t step down, they’ll still judge you,” he said.

At a press conference in Kuala Lumpur yesterday, Ibrahim, who is president of the Malay rights group Perkasa, had been asked for his comment on the controversy over Penang chief minister Lim Guan Eng.

Lim has been charged with two counts of corruption but has refused to take leave or resign, in the face of criticism from political opponents.

Ibrahim said he was not qualified to ask Lim to step down. “Who am I to say whether he should or shouldn’t step down? Let the people judge… It’s up to him as chief minister,” he said, according to Malaysiakini.

Lim Guan Eng was charged last week with abuse of power in approving the conversion of agricultural land to residential, to benefit him and his wife, and of corruption in buying his Jalan Pinhorn bungalow for RM2.8 million, below market valuation of RM4.7 million.

Both charges involve businesswoman Phang Li Koon and her company. She has been charged with abetting Lim. They have been released on bail pending the trial.

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