Betty says charges meant to destroy her marriage, break Guan Eng

(The Mole) – The wife of former Penang chief minister Lim Guan Eng has claimed that the charges against them were meant to destroy their marriage.

Betty Chew warned that her husband’s political rivals have now been proven to be were willing to use such a tactic against anyone who displeased them.

“They want to break him (Lim), they want to break my relationship with him, they want to break our family, this is very cruel,” Chew said as she reiterated her innocence and vowed to stand by her husband.

“God is watching and one day, you will get in return for what you’ve done to our family,” she added.

Lim, who was present during the press conference at his Bagan service centre here today said the charges filed against his wife and businesswoman Phang Li Koon were politically motivated.

He argued that it was nonsensical to charge Chew with corruption over her professional fees as a lawyer.

Lim has so far been charged with three separate counts of graft.

He faced a charge of soliciting a bribe related to the undersea tunnel project under Section 16 (a)(A) of the MACC Act 2009 in the Kuala Lumpur Sessions Court last Friday.

He was then charged with abuse of power to obtain gratification of RM3.3 million in relation to the undersea tunnel under Section 23(1) of the same act at the Butterworth Sessions Court here yesterday.

Lim was today charged with using his position as chief minister to obtain gratification of RM372,009.00 for his wife while businesswoman Phang Li Koon was charged with abetting him.

Chew was charged with three counts of receiving proceeds from an unlawful activity amounting to RM372,009, under the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act 2001 (AMLA).