PETALING JAYA: DAP has launched a week-long fundraiser in solidarity with former finance minister Lim Guan Eng, who was charged with corruption yesterday over the Penang undersea tunnel project.
Damansara MP Tony Pua said in a media statement that the party needed funds to settle Lim’s bail, amounting to RM1 million.
Half of the amount was paid yesterday with money borrowed from supporters.
Pua said the party hoped to pay the other half on Monday.
He added that Lim was expected to appear in court again on Monday and Tuesday to face more charges brought by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission.
“We call upon all Malaysians to unite to fight the political persecution of Lim Guan Eng,” he said. “We believe that Malaysians will stand up for righteousness to ensure that justice will prevail.
“They can make the donations to ‘DAP Malaysia’ @ Public Bank 3063828309.”
Pua said any surplus from the collection would go towards funding DAP’s campaign for the next general election.
Lim, a former chief minister of Penang, is accused of soliciting a bribe in connection with the undersea tunnel project in the state.
He was charged under the MACC Act of using his position as chief minister to ask Consortium Zenith Construction director Zarul Ahmad Mohd Zulkifli for a 10% cut of the profits to be made.
He is alleged to have committed the offence in March 2011.
He claimed trial.