GEORGE TOWN, Aug 23 – A lawyer for Penang executive councillor Phee Boon Poh is demanding that Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has yet to return his identity card which was taken from him during questioning. His lawyer RSN Rayer said MACC officers took Phee’s IC when the latter turned up at the commission’s state office on August 11 and was subsequently arrested, but have yet to return the card despite numerous attempts to contact its officers.
“Midway through the questioning, Phee was ordered to be arrested. Therefore, that was also the last time he had seen his IC. In the meanwhile, we have since been asking for the IC to be returned to him after his remand was declared illegal. But until now, MACC officers have not returned our calls. May I remind them it is illegal for a person to be walking around without his IC that Malaysians are required to carry at all times. He can be fined RM2,000,” Rayer told a news conference here today.
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 was released from MACC custody on August 14 after the High Court set aside an earlier five-day remand order.
He subsequently took medical leave in which he was hospitalised and came back to work on Monday. At the same press conference, Phee reiterated that the Department of Environment stated there was no pollution from the illegal factory during a meeting on May 6, 2015. Yesterday, Phee had read out the meeting minutes which was declassified and handed out to the media in full.
“I reiterate that I am clean and free from corruption. I did not take any money from the unlicensed carbon-filter-processing factory in Sungai Lembu. Neither did my family or I have any personal interest in the factory nor are the owners of the factory related to me. I will communicate directly with the Village Security and Development Committee of Sungai Lembu on this issue and not rely on so-called intermediaries, to avoid any misunderstanding,” Phee said today. — PN