GEORGE TOWN, Aug 21 – A Penang executive councillor Phee Boon Poh is upset over mainstream media reports claiming that his bank accounts had RM2 million. He said he did not have RM2 million in the accounts as claimed and will issue notices of demand for legal action to newspapers that he alleged to have published “false news” against him. He claimed the such news are “an evil political conspiracy” which aimed at “wrecking his political career” and an attempt to bring down the state government.
“My family and I are shocked and angered to read false in Utusan Malaysia, New Straits Times, The Star and some Chinese newspapers reports that RM2 million cash in my four personal bank accounts have been frozen by the MACC,” Phee said in a press conference in Komtar today.
“It is wrong for such information to be disclosed or published in the press, especially when I have not been informed and only read about it in the Barisan Nasional controlled media of publishing lies to tarnish my reputation and the Penang government. I have not been served with any notice by the MACC that my personal bank accounts have been frozen,” he said.
Phee demanded an explanation from MACC whether the agency had leaked false information to the media. He said he had complied with all instructions given by the MACC. He also said that his lawyers, RSN Rayer, will file a notice of demand immediately to the newspapers “to protect my family, clear my name”.
Among the newspapers, he intends to sue are Utusan Malaysia, New Straits Times, The Star, Sin Chew Jit Poh and Guang Ming Daily. Phee said his lawyer RSN Rayer had attempted to contact MACC to verify the freezing of his accounts, but to no avail. He also added that he will meet with the MACC officers on Wednesday.
Phee, 66, was arrested to assist in investigations into an illegal carbon filter factory on August 11. He was remanded by the MACC for three days before the High Court declared his five-day remand invalid on Aug 14. He subsequently took medical leave in which he was hospitalised and came back to work today. — PN