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Thursday, June 30, 2016

Guan Eng could face up to 20 years in jail

GEORGE TOWN - Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng claimed trial in the High Court here today to two corruption charges involving a piece of land and a bungalow.

On the first charge, he is accused of using his position as chief minister for himself and his wife Betty Chew Gek Cheng's interest to approve the conversion of a piece of land from its status as an agricultural land to residential land and transferring it to a company, Magnificent Emblem Sdn Bhd.

Lim, 56, allegedly committed the offence while chairing a State Planning Committee meeting on the 28th floor at Komtar, George Town here on July 18, 2014.

The charge under Section 23 of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Act 2009 carries a maximum 20 years imprisonment and a fine of not less than five times the value involved or RM10,000, whichever is higher, upon conviction.

On the second charge, the DAP secretary-general is accused of corruptly obtaining for himself and his wife, a piece of land and bungalow at No 25, Jalan Pinhorn, George Town here from a businesswoman, Phang Li Koon for RM2.8 million.

The properties were allegedly valued at RM4.27 million at the time.

Lim allegedly committed the offence at No 25 Jalan Pinhorn, George Town here on July 28, 2015, under Section 165 of the Penal Code, which carries a jail term of up to two years or a fine or both, upon conviction.

Meanwhile, Phang, 44, the former owner of the bungalow, claimed trial to abetting Lim in acquiring the land lot and bungalow, at the same place and date.

She faces Section 109 of the Penal Code read with Section 165 of the same Code, which provides for imprisonment of up to two years or a fine or both, on conviction.

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