PETALING JAYA: Gerakan Youth wants to know if DAP lawmaker Tony Pua will be a man of his word and demand Lim Guan Eng take leave as Penang chief minister, now that he has been charged with two counts of corruption.
Gerakan Youth Chief Tan Kheng Liang posed this question on Twitter, reminding Pua of a statement he made early this year.
“Hi Tony Pua, so will you stick to your words and demand Lim Guan Eng to take time off after being charged for corruption?” he tweeted.
In March, Pua had reportedly stated there was no need for Lim to go on leave while the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) conducted its investigation into the chief minister’s purchase of a RM2.8 million bungalow.
“If he is made to take leave before the investigation is completed, he will be subjected to all sorts of accusations and allegations that are completely without basis.
“Then we all have to take leave from our positions. It’s baseless, absolutely baseless,” Pua said to reporters during the parliamentary session in March.
Tan subsequently reminded Lim to do the honourable thing and make his own decision on whether to step down instead of relying on what others decided on his behalf.
“Lim should make his own decision whether to remain or go on leave pending the trial. Not the decision of others. Be honourable,” he tweeted.
Lim was charged on Wednesday on two counts of corruption: one under the 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 his double-storey bungalow in Jalan Pinhorn for RM2.8 million, when the valuation for it was RM4.7 million.
The cases also 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.
Following the charges, a campaign in support of Lim, “Support, Sympathy and Solidarity with Lim Guan Eng” (SSSLGE) was launched by the party.