GEORGE TOWN: Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng has once again been urged to go on leave after the High Court here set the dates of his and that of businesswoman Phang Li Koon’s corruption trial, beginning in March, next year.
State MCA Youth deputy chief, Ang Chor Keong said Lim should go on leave in the interest of the people of Penang and to ensure the smooth running of his state administration during his court cases.
“Before this, perhaps he (Lim) did not have to take leave, but now the court has set the hearing dates, so in the interest and wishes of the people, he (Lim) needs to take temporary leave.
“The duty of the chief minister is heavy, as it involves (issues pertaining to) economic growth, foreign investment inflow and the welfare of the people,” Ang said at a press conference, here, today.
On Dec 6, the court set 34 days from March 27 next year for the corruption trial of Lim and Phang over the purchase of a bungalow by Lim from Phang at below market value.
Judge Hadhariah Syed Ismail said the hearing dates set by the court could not be changed as these were agreed to by the prosecution and defence teams.
The hearings are scheduled for March 27-31, April 10-14, April 24-28, May 15-19, May 29-June 2, June 13-16 and July 17-21, next year. -FMT