We can’t withdraw Guan Eng’s graft charges, says MACC

PETALING JAYA: The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has denied a report that it was withdrawing corruption charges against Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng when his corruption trial resumes next week.

“The MACC has no power to withdraw the charges. Only the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) is able to do so,” it said in a brief statement.

(Editor’s note: An earlier report by FMT quoting China Press had erroneously stated that MACC would withdraw the charges. The report in fact said it was the AGC that was withdrawing the charges. We regret the mistake and have made the amendments to our report.)

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.