KUALA LUMPUR, April 19 – The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) advisory board chairman Tunku Abdul Aziz Tunku Ibrahim denied allegations that it was delaying investigations into Penang chief minister Lim Guan Eng’s purchase of a bungalow, allegedly below market price.
Tunku Aziz said claims that the MACC was not working to investigate Lim on the purchase of his bungalow were not true and unfair. He said the matter of purchase of bungalow has to be thoroughly investigated, the process is not completed yet and calling the CM (Lim) to be interviewed without a full investigation is not the MACC practice.
He told the reporters here today. When asked, how long the investigation process will go on with regards to Lim’s controversial bungalow, Tunku Aziz said it would depend on the nature of the case. He said that the reason for the delay is due to the nature of the case that is very complex, and has to be thoroughly investigated.
Tunku Aziz said they would also like to tell the public to not jump to conclusions that the MACC was taking sides. He also added that before calling the CM to come forward, there must evidence to justify his presence. Therefore, Tunku Aziz said this was something that if we explained clearly to the public, they will be able to understand and stop the unhealthy development on making allegations against the MACC.
It was previously reported that Lim had bought the bungalow below market price from a Phang Li Koon who is said to be linked to a company that purchased the controversial Taman Manggis land in 2012 to build a specialist hospital. Tasik Gelugor MP Datuk Shabudin Yahaya had accused Lim of corruption in the purchase of the bungalow and sale of state government land in Taman Manggis.