LGE’s bail: Donated funds must be accounted for, says C4

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PETALING JAYA: As a state government that advocates Competency, Accountability, and Transparency (CAT), it is important that the DAP be accountable for the funds it collected from members of the public to make up the total bail needed for Lim Guan Eng, says the Centre to Combat Corruption and Cronyism (C4).

Its executive director Cynthia Gabriel said, “It’s not uncommon to raise bail money especially if the amount is very excessive like in the case of Lim.

“However, as a CAT government, it becomes imperative for DAP to spell out in detail how the funds will be utilised, or returned,” she told FMT when contacted.

Yesterday, Penang DAP Chairman Chow Kon Yeow said the party had received RM1,009,000 by 2pm through a donation drive. He also thanked members of the public for their generous cash contributions.

However DAP National Organising Secretary Anthony Loke Siew Fook said that although the target was achieved, DAP would continue collecting donations from the public to fund the “Support, Sympathy and Solidarity with Lim Guan Eng” (SSSLGE) campaign.

“Donors probably have come in droves to protest the selective prosecution of Lim and it is not uncommon too.

“And since its public donations, I don’t think the public wants it back,” Gabriel said.

She suggested that perhaps the monies be channeled into setting-up a fund to assist human rights cases that required bail.

“It would be honourable for DAP to start a bail fund for human rights cases.”

Gabriel also said that instead of focusing on Lim’s corruption charges, C4 was more concerned with the RM2.6 billion donation found in the personal bank accounts of Prime Minister Najib Razak.

“We are more concerned with the clandestine donations to Najib’s bank account. It hasn’t been resolved and the public hasn’t received any answers regarding that matter,” she said.

Lim was charged on Wednesday on two counts of corruption: one under the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Act for abuse of power in re-zoning a plot of agricultural land for residential use; the other under the Penal Code for buying a double-storey bungalow in Jalan Pinhorn for RM2.8 million, when the valuation for it was RM4.7 million.