GEORGE TOWN, Aug 16 – Welfare, Caring Society and Environment Committee chairman Phee Boon Poh is on medical leave after his release from remand on Monday. Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said doctors treating him have given him medical leave until next Monday and the leave was for him to recover from his remand by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).
“Once he return from his leave, he will explain the issue of the illegal factory in Sungai Lembu factory, which has been claimed to be allowed to operate for more than 10 years. The factory is one kilometre away from residential areas which is more than the 500m buffer zone for heavy industries,” he said in reading a statement during a press conference today.
Lim also stressed that the state executive was also willing to be questioned and give full cooperation with Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission (MACC). MACC and other government agencies on August 10 raided the illegal carbon filter factory in Sungai Lembu in the mainland on Thursday following complaints from residents.
A follow-up raid was done the next day at Phee’s office in Komtar and later arrested him along two others, the factory’s 70-year old manager and his 37 year-old son, the factory’s director. Phee is being investigated by the MACC under Section 23 of the MACC Act 2009 for abuse of power for gratification.
On last Saturday, the MACC had obtained a five day remand order against the trio but the Penang High Court had set aside the order on the three after their lawyers successfully filed to do so. Therefore, Phee and the factory’s 70-year old manager and his 37 year-old son was released on Monday. — PN