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MALAYSIA: MACC DENIES WITHDRAWING LIM GUAN ENG’S CORRUPTION CHARGES

PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) today refuted claims that it had withdrawn the corruption charges against Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng.

The commission, in a statement here today, said it had no jurisdiction or power to do so.

The matter is subject to the power of the Attorney-General’s Chambers, it said.

A portal, quoting a report by China Press, reported that MACC would likely withdraw the two corruption charges against Lim when the matter came up for hearing this July 30.

On the first charge, Lim allegedly, as a public official or Penang chief minister, had abused his position to approve conversion of agricultural land to public housing zone in Southwest District, Penang for Magnificient Emblem Sdn Bhd, in his own and his wife, Betty Chew Gek Cheng’s interest.

He was also charged as a public official or Penang chief minister with corruptly acquiring for himself a piece of land and a house at No 25, Jalan Pinhorn, George Town here, for an undervalued price of RM2.8 million from businesswoman Phang Li Koon, who he allegedly knew had interest in his official duties .

The market value of the property then was said to be RM4.27 million.–

Source: NAM News Network

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