GEORGE TOWN: DAP rep Lim Siew Khim was called in as a witness, and not as a suspect in the bribes-for-homes case involving her father Keat Seong, her counsel Ramkarpal Singh said today.
Ramkarpal said Lim had extended her fullest cooperation to the Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission (MACC) and her statement was taken.
“She is a witness, not a suspect, full cooperation to this case has been accorded.
“Whether or not the suspect would be charged, that we do not know,” he told reporters outside the MACC office at Northam Road today.
Ramkarpal said the case was being investigated under Section 16b of the 2009 MACC Act, for corruptly giving promises or offers to any person for the benefit of another person.
In the same Section, subsection B reads:”for receiving gratification on behalf of any officer of a public body doing or forbearing to do anything in respect of any matter or transaction, actual or proposed or likely to take place, in which the public body is concerned.”
Meanwhile, Ramkarpal and his colleague R S N Rayer said they were not involved in Siew Khim’s father’s case.
On Sunday, Penang Kini, a local political news aggregator on Facebook, uploaded a video depicting Keat Seong, as an alleged agent or middleman for obtaining affordable homes.
In the video, it appears as if the 68-year-old retiree, “Uncle Lim” (Keat Seong), was being berated by unhappy customers who were promised affordable housing units, but did not obtain them.
The video was believed to have been shot secretly at a coffee shop late last year.
A mediator was also seen arranging to return money to aggrieved customers in instalments.
Siew Khim, in an immediate response, told the press she was not involved and was not aware of her father’s deeds.
Meanwhile, Penang Housing committee chairman Jagdeep Singh Deo had also said there was no way any housing applicants could pay their way to get affordable homes.