by BERNAMA/ pic by BERNAMA
FORMER Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng (picture), his wife Betty Chew Gek Cheng and businesswoman Phang Li Koon were charged in the Sessions Court here today with corruption and money laundering.
Lim, 60, Chew, 56, and Phang, 48, all pleaded not guilty to the charges made against them which were read out before judge Ahmad Azhari Abdul Hamid, who then allowed them bail of RM50,000 in one surety each and set Oct 16 for mention.
The former Finance Minister drew the public’s attention when he appeared in court today to face the graft charge, having appeared in the same court yesterday and charged with using his position for gratification.
In today’s case, 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 through a company, Excel Property Management & Consultancy Sdn Bhd.
It was to ensure Magnificent Emblem Sdn Bhd was offered an invitation to propose a workers’ village at Lot 631, Mukim 13, Juru, Seberang Perai Tengah and part of Lot 282, Mukim 13, Batu Kawan, Seberang Perai Selatan, Penang, 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.
Phang was charged with abetting Lim in committing the offence at the same place and date.
Meanwhile, Chew pleaded not guilty to three counts of money laundering by receiving RM372,009 from a company through her bank account.