Guan Eng won’t give statement over alleged remarks

(The Star) – Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng has refused to have his statement recorded over alleged seditious remarks made during the Pakatan Rakyat convention in Shah Alam recently.

“It is not that I don’t want to answer any questions but I will not be able to make any statement until I have a copy of the police report lodged against my alleged remark.

“I have to know the content of the report and who lodged it before I give my statement,” Lim said after a half-hour meeting with Shah Alam senior crime investigating officer Ahmad Fauzi Mohamed Zin at his office in Komtar here Saturday.

Bukit Gelugor MP Karpal Singh and Datuk Keramat assemblyman Jagdeep Singh Deo represented Lim as his lawyers. Also present was Seri Delima assemblyman R.S.N. Rayer.

Lim had arranged for the recording of statement to take place in a room with glass panelling for newsmen and photographers to witness the entire process.

Rayer said Lim would not make any statement at the moment as he was afraid of committing an offence.

“The officer asked before he left if we were refusing to answer any question. We said it is not that we don’t want to but we will only do so after we are supplied with a copy of the said police report.

“He said he will not be able to supply us the report for now,” Rayer said.

Earlier, Karpal, who is also DAP chairman, said the party will provide legal and moral support for Lim.

“There’s no doubt the police have every right to investigate the matter but I call upon the Attorney-General to carefully consider the investigation papers before deciding on any charge.

“In my mind, what Lim said didn’t amount to sedition,” he said at a press conference at his office.