GEORGE TOWN, Aug 25 – Penang executive councillor Phee Boon Poh, who is Welfare, Caring Society and Environment Committee chairman, today returned to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) office here to give further statements over an illegal carbon filter-processing factory in Sungai Lembu in Bukit Mertajam.
Phee, accompanied by his lawyer Ramkarpal Singh, arrived at the MACC office in Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah here at 9.45am. Also seen with them was Phee’s daughter. Ramkarpal acknowledged reporters, who were waiting outside the MACC office, while Phee quickly entered the building.
A spokesperson at the MACC headquarters in Putrajaya, when contacted, said they were not aware why Phee was called up again and would check on it. On Aug 11, Phee, 66, was questioned by MACC for allegedly using his office or position for gratification under Section 23 of the MACC Act 2009.
He was arrested by MACC over letters he wrote to Seberang Prai Municipal Council urging it not to take action against the factory. Factory owner Edmond Gan Eu Lee, 37, and his father Gan Buck Hee, 70, were also arrested at the same time. All three were released on Aug 14 after the Penang High Court set aside their remand orders. The MACC, however, intends to appeal the decision. — PN