MACC wraps up graft probe on Guan Eng, says prosecution up to AG

Mohamed Apandi

(MMO) – The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) announced today it has completed its investigations into alleged improprieties surrounding Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng’s RM2.8 million home purchase.

It added that it has submitted its finding to Attorney-General Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali for further action.

“If Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi is satisfied with the testimonies in the investigation papers submitted, then legal action will be taken.

“On the other hand, if the MACC’s investigations are found to be insufficient, no legal action will be taken,” the national anti-graft commission said in a statement.

It added that Article 145 of the Federal Constitution grants the Attorney-General sole prosecutorial power.

Lim, who is also DAP secretary-general, was investigated for alleged corruption over the purchase of his double-storey standalone house on Jalan Pinhorn, George Town, which he had previously rented from businesswoman Phang Li Koon.

The papers were opened in March, after Umno’s Tasek Gelugor MP Datuk Shabudin Yahaya accused Lim of buying his house at below market value, and tied this to the state government’s open tender sale of Taman Manggis to the Kuala Lumpur International Dental Centre (KLIDC) in 2010, alleging the land was also sold at below market value.

The Bagan MP, his wife and former landlord have been subjected to repeated questioning from the MACC and the police over the past few weeks.