GEORGE TOWN, Jun 29 – Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng was arrested by the Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission (MACC) at his office in Komtar here today. According to a tweet by state executive councillor Dr Afif Bahardin, an arrest warrant has been issued to Chief Minister by MACC Officers and Lim will be taken to MACC headquarters at Northam Road not far away.
About a dozen MACC officers were seen entering various parts of Komtar, while six men entered his state executive council boardroom, where a regular meeting was ongoing, and another four men entered later. Earlier, Lim’s sister Hui Ying, who is also Penang DAP secretary, arrived at his office, plausibly to lend moral support. She appeared worried and had a sombre look.
Meanwhile, Lim’s lawyer, who is Seri Delima DAP representative R.S.N. Rayer was also seen arriving at his office. Lim is expected to be charged at the Sessions Court tomorrow. He will be charged under Sect 23 of the MACC Act for allowing an application to rezone a piece of land owned by Phang Li Khoon’s company Magnificent Emblem and Sect 165 of the Penal Code for buying a property below market value.
Section 165 stipulates that it is an offence for a public servant to obtain anything without consideration from persons concerned in any proceeding or business transacted by such a public servant. On the land rezoning issue, Chow Kon Yeow, who is a State Executive Councillor for Local Government,Traffic Management and Flood Mitigation, said the municipal council had rejected an application by Phang’s company to rezone a piece of land. He did not elaborate further.
He said Penang DAP will also held a emergency meeting tomorrow to discuss on a possible replacement for Lim. Police and MACC officers had arrived as early as 3pm at the state government’s office at Komtar here, amid rumours that the DAP secretary-general would be detained.