Penang Umno files motion calling for Guan Eng to go on leave

MOHAMED BASYIR

TASEK GELUGOR: A motion to call for Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng to take leave pending his corruption court case had been sent to the State Legislative Assembly speaker.

State Umno Liaison Committee chairman Datuk Seri Zainal Abidin Osman told newsmen that state opposition leader Datuk Jahara Hamid has submitted the motion to Datuk Law Choo Kiang recently.

“The case involves the integrity of the Penang government as it relates to the Chief Minister himself.

“To date, he has refused to resign or at least take leave, hence we are taking the necessary steps to bring this to the assembly with the hope that the speaker will not reject it,” he said at a press conference after the Penang Umno Liaison meeting here today.

Zainal said that public servants, in this case, Guan Eng, should take leave until their case trial ends. They should only resume duties once they are proven not guilty.

Guan Eng is currently facing two corruption charges, allegedly abusing his position for personal gain by purchasing a bungalow below market price and approving the conversion of an agricultural land into residential land.