ALOR SETAR, Aug 13 – The High Court here today dismissed an application by lawyers for Penang Environment Committee chairman Phee Boon Poh for a revision on a five-day remand order issued by the George Town Magistrate’s Court against Penang state executive council member (exco) Phee Boon Poh in connection with an alleged graft case.
In the same time, the court had also turned down the same application filed by the lawyer Dev Kumaraendran who represented a 70-year-old factory manager and his 37-year-old son, who were also detained under five-day remand order in connection with the case.
Judge Datuk Hashim Hamzah made the decision after hearing submissions by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), represented by deputy public prosecutor A. Hafiizh Abu Bakar, and Phee’s lawyers, Ramkarpal Singh and R S N Raye. Hashim dismissed the application on grounds that it should be filed at the Penang High Court.
He also added that the court hereby decides that the George Town High Court is the right forum to hear the application. Earlier today, Dev and lawyers RSN Rayer and Ramkarpal Singh who represented Phee, filed an application for the revision at the High Court here.
Ramkarpal said he was disappointed by the decision, saying that any High Court in the Peninsular has the jurisdiction to hear such application, regardless of the locality of the alleged crime. He contended that the locality of a crime rules are only applied for the lower courts.
Phee, who is also the Penang Welfare, caring Society and Environment Committee chairman, was detained by MACC last Friday for investigation into a factory which was alleged to have been operating illegally in Sungai Lembu, Bukit Mertajam, since 10 years ago.
Yesterday, the George Town Magistrate’s Court issued a five-day remand order against Phee, as well as another man and his son, who are the director and manager of the factory, to facilitate a probe into an illegal carbon filter factory in Sungai Lembu, Bukit Mertajam.
The remand order, which will end on Wednesday. The remand order was issued by senior deputy registrar Ameera Mastura Khamis yesterday. Phee is being investigated by the MACC under Section 23 of the MACC Act 2009 for abuse of power for gratification. — PN