GEORGE TOWN, Aug 12 – Penang state exco member for Welfare, Caring Society and Environment Phee Boon Poh, who was arrested by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) yesterday, has been remanded at George Town magistrate’s court here this morning. Phee had remanded for for five days beginning today to facilitate investigations into an illegal factory.
Court registrar Ameera Mastura Khamis today granted the remand order. Phee, 66 and the other two suspects who were clad in an orange MACC lock-up t-shirt and handcuffed, were brought to the Penang High Court Complex by MACC officers. Phee was greeted by his wife, brothers and supporters.
About 200 supporters gathered outside Penang High Court to show their solidarity to Phee, shouted “Sokong Boon Poh”, “MACC Jangan Buli” when he arrived at the court at about 10.10am. Also present were Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng who arrived at the Penang High Court Complex at about 10.20am. Among others who were present were state executive councillors and Pakatan Harapan supporters from PKR, Amanah and Bersatu.
MACC had initially requested a seven-day remand order for all of the suspects but it was objected by the suspect’s counsels. R.S.N. Rayer and Ramkarpal Singh, appeared for Phee while Dev Kumaraendran, and V. Parthipan, represented the father-son duo. R.S.N. Rayer and Ramkarpal Singh said they are appealing against the remand application to Registrar Ameera Mastura Khamis.
He said they have not been allowed to even speak to Phee for instructions. All suspects will be investigated under Section 23 of the MACC Act 2009. The Sungai Puyu state assemblyman was detained after giving his statement at the MACC headquarters at 2.40pm yesterday.
Phee’s office on the 53rd floor of Komtar was also raided by MACC officers. The factory’s manager and his director son have also been detained by the MACC to assist with the investigations. The arrest was believed to be in connection with an illegal factory which produces carbon filters at Sungai Lembu, Bukit Mertajam that was raided by multiple agencies led by the MACC, on Thursday. — PN