SHAH ALAM: PKR president Anwar Ibrahim has voiced his suspicion of dark motives behind the indictment of former finance minister Lim Guan Eng on a corruption charge.
In an address to PKR members in Shah Alam last night, he said, without much elaboration, that it seemed to him the Perikatan Nasional administration was trying to put the opposition under political pressure through what he called “selective prosecution”.
He declared that all the parties in Pakatan Harapan (PH) rejected the manner in which Lim had been treated.
“What is sad and disappointing is that his wife was also held on the same day,” he said. “They did not even wait for a day or two for her to be by her husband’s side.
“I do not wish to prejudge anything, but what happened today is very worrying. Because of that, PKR and PH are speaking up to raise awareness among the rakyat regarding the current political pressure.”
He added, however, that he hoped the investigators into Lim’s case had no political motives.
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.