BUTTERWORTH, Aug 11 — Former Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng and businesswoman Phang Li Koon were charged in the Sessions Court here today with corruption.
Lim, 60, and Phang, 48, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge after it was read out to them before judge Ahmad Azhari Abdul Hamid.
Lim was charged, in his capacity as the Chief Minister of Penang and chairman of the Penang Development Corporation (PDC) Procurement Board then, with using his position for gratification, involving RM372,009 for his wife, Betty Chew Gek Cheng, through a company, Excel Property Management & Consultancy Sdn Bhd, by ensuring Magnificent Emblem Sdn Bhd was offered the “Jemputan Cadangan Perkampungan Pekerja di Lot 631, Mukim 13, Juru, Seberang Perai Tengah dan Sebahagian Lot 282, Mukim 13, Batu Kawan, Seberang Perai Selatan, Pulau Pinang”, worth RM11,610,000, where Chew indirectly had interest.
The Bagan Member of Parliament was charged with committing the offence between Aug 19, 2013 and March 3, 2016, at the office of the Penang Chief Minister, Level 28, KOMTAR, in George Town, Penang.
The charge was framed under Section 23(1) of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Act 2009, which provides an imprisonment for up to 20 years and fine of not less than five times the sum or value of the gratification, or RM10,000, whichever is higher, if found guilty.