White paper on AG's decision to withdraw charges against Lim should be tabled in Parliament

Sharifah Mahsinah Abdullah

KOTA BARU: PAS has called for a parliamentary white paper to be tabled over the Attorney General’s Chambers (AGC) justification to drop corruption charges against Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng. Its secretary-general Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan said the white paper should be tabled in the coming Parliment sitting as it involved a Member of Parliament (MP) and also a Federal cabinet minister. "Pas has been studying the whole episode with much interest. "The AG must exercise his powers judicially and judiciously. That is why a white paper must be tabled in Parliment as it can help explain the issue in order to preserve and safeguard the integrity and dignity of Parliamentary institution," he said in a statement today. A white paper is an authoritative and comprehensive government report to explain certain actions or proposals. Takiyuddin who is also Kota Baru MP, said the corruption case involved Lim - who was former Penang Chief Minister, and therefore was a public interest case which should be revealed to the public. He said the party also wanted the AG to explain five things, including the criteria and justification for withdrawing the corruption case after more than 20 witnesses were called to testify, and whether or not the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) was consulted. The Islamist party also demanded to see the contents of Lim’s representation to the AG, if this case will be binding on other similar cases, and the position of previous convictions with similar facts. Yesterday, Lim and businesswoman Phang Li Koon were acquitted by the High Court in Penang of corruption charges over the purchase of a double-storey house below market value when Lim was the chief minister. In response, the MACC said it was “very shocked” by the court decision, claiming the decision to withdraw the case was made by the Attorney-General’s Chambers. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd