Penang Wanita Umno wants explanation on Lim, Phang's acquittal

Audrey Dermawan

GEORGE TOWN: Penang Wanita Umno has urged the Attorney-General and Malaysian Bar to provide justification over the withdrawal of the graft case involving former chief minister Lim Guan Eng.

Wanita Umno vice-chief and state Wanita Umno chief Datuk Norliza Abd Rahim said Malaysians were shocked by the Penang High Court’s decision to acquit Lim and businesswoman, Phang Li Koon of their corruption charges.

She said what happened today appeared as if the country’s judiciary could be controlled by certain quarters, and clearly did not portray Pakatan Harapan’s seriousness in fighting graft and abuse of power.

“It is strange that the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) had eagerly raided his office, search his Jalan Pinhorn bungalow to look for evidence, arrested him and questioned him for hours before this, only to have the case withdrawn.


Penang Wanita Umno has urged the Attorney-General and Malaysian Bar to provide justification over the withdrawal of the graft case involving former chief minister Lim Guan Eng. Pic by NSTP/MIKAIL ONG

Norliza also went on to compare former Selangor menteri besar Dr Mohamad Khir Toyo’s case with that of Lim and Phang.

“Khir did not escape punishment during the then Barisan Nasional era when he was a leader. We understood that action should be taken no matter what.

“But this is not the case in Pakatan Harapan’s so-called ‘Malaysia Baru’ when a case is withdrawn even before the end of the trial,” she added.

The High Court here today granted a discharge amounting to an acquittal on Lim and Phang over their corruption charges two years ago. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd