AG Says No Decision Yet On SD Case Over Penang CM’s Bungalow Purchase

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PUTRAJAYA, May 4 – Attorney-General Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali said today he had yet to decide on the case involving a statutory declaration by businesswoman Phang Li Koon over the purchase of a bungalow by Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng. He in a statement here said it is still in the process of study and action by the Attorney-General.

Apandi’s statement referred to news reports today saying the case had been classified as no further action. The police opened an investigation against Phang after several quarters lodged police reports claiming inaccurate information in Phang’s statutory declaration.

Phang was called to give a statement at the North East District Police headquarters in George Town. The purchase of the bungalow in Jalan Pinhorn here by Lim for RM2.8 million became a controversy after Tasek Gelugor MP Datuk Shabudin Yahaya disclosed in the Dewan Rakyat that the price was below the market value.

Shabudin had reportedly claimed that the value of the bungalow was in the range of RM6 million to RM6.5 million. It was also claimed that the purchase of the bungalow was connected to the sale of a piece of land in Taman Manggis that had been reserved for a housing project for the poor.

Phang had made the statutory declaration on March 22, stating that she had not surveyed the market when she decided to sell the house to Lim as she did not think it was necessary. In additional, she also said that she had no business relationship with the state government.

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