AG to withdraw graft charges against Guan Eng?

  • Editor’s note: This is an updated version of the previous report, which had erroneously mentioned MACC instead of the Attorney-General’s Chambers. We regret the mistake.

PETALING JAYA: The Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) is likely to withdraw its two charges against Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng when his corruption trial resumes next week, reports China Press quoting a source.

Lim was the Penang chief minister when he was charged in 2016 with using his public office to approve an application by a company to convert agricultural land for residential purposes.

He was also accused of using his position to purchase a bungalow from businesswoman Phang Li Koon for RM2.8 million, lower than its market value of RM4.27 million. Phang was charged with abetment.

Lim’s trial was adjourned on May 21, pending a review of the charges.

His lawyer Ramkarpal Singh had told the Penang High Court then that they were making representations to the Attorney-General to withdraw the charges.

Lim was sworn in as finance minister on May 21, following Pakatan Harapan’s election victory in the May 9 polls.