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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Guan Eng to be charged over bungalow purchase?

Media personnel have gathered around Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng's office in Komtar following speculation that he may be summoned to court to face charges over his purchase of a bungalow below market price.
Apart from this, reporters and photographers are also staking out the Penang Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission (MACC) headquarters in Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah.
Lim, who is also DAP secretary-general, is currently chairing the state executive council meeting, which is held every Wednesday.
On March 4, Umno Tasek Gelugor MP Shabudin Yahya had attempted to link the purchase of the two-storey bungalow to the sale of a state government land on Taman Manggis to a private developer.
But Lim dismissed any links, saying the plot was sold via an open tender committee chaired by the federal appointed state secretary.

According to the Penal Code, purchasing properties below market value is considered an offence for a public official.
Former Selangor menteri besar Dr Mohd Khir Toyo was imprisoned for a year for a similar offence.
Lim had vehemently denied any wrongdoing, saying he bought the house on a willing seller, willing buyer basis, and that the seller businesswoman Phang Li Khoon never received any contracts under his administration.
[More to follow]
- Mkini

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