Penang exco decides to retain Lim as CM


GEORGE TOWN: The Penang government has decided to retain Lim Guan Eng as chief minister, following an emergency exco meeting in Komtar today.

Deputy Chief Minister I Mohd Rashid Hasnon said the state executive council (exco) decided Lim need not take leave, as they believed he was innocent of graft charges.

“It was a unanimous decision that Lim’s charge was politically motivated and hence he need not take a leave of absence,” Rashid told reporters today.

Meanwhile, Deputy Chief Minister II P Ramasamy said the exco had full confidence in Lim, despite allegations of graft against the latter.

Ramasamy, too, believed that Lim’s charge was political persecution, hence he need not take leave from his position.

Last Thursday, Lim was arraigned at the High Court on two counts of graft charges.

He pleaded not guilty to charges of abuse of power by using his position to purchase a bungalow below market value. He was also accused of changing a land use of an agricultural land to benefit his former landlord’s company.

Lim had said it was an “above-board, arm’s length” transaction without any favour given in return.