Guan Eng’s Wife Arrives at Penang MACC

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Betty Chew Gek Cheng, wife of former Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng, arrived at the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) office in Penang at about 10.45am.


She arrived in a Toyota Estima, accompanied by lawyer Lee Khai and Lim’s sister, Hui Ying.

A state executive councilor confirmed that Lim’s family members were meeting with MACC officials but it is uncertain if they are providing statements or seeking clarification over the arrest of the DAP secretary-general.

On Thursday, Lim was arrested shortly after his arrival at the MACC headquarters in Putrajaya to assist in an investigation into the RM6.3 million Penang Undersea Tunnel project.

This morning, Lim claimed trial to soliciting a bribe from the company awarded the contract to undertake the controversial Undersea Tunnel project.

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He was accused of asking for 10 percent of profits from Datuk Zarul Zulkifli to help his company, Zenith Construction Sdn Bhd, secure the project to build the Undersea Tunnel.

The former Finance Minister, who is accused of committing the offence in March 2011, claimed trial to the charges under Section 16 (a)(A) of the MACC Act 2009.

He faces a maximum 20 years’ jail and a fine of up to five times the value of the bribe, or RM10,000, whichever is higher.

Lim is expected to be charged at the Penang Sessions Court this Monday and Tuesday under Section 23 of the MACC Act for other cases.

The controversial Penang Undersea Tunnel project was again probed by the anti-graft authority recently following fresh leads.

Lim served as Penang Chief Minister from 2008 to 2018.

Meanwhile, businesswoman Phang Li Koon was rearrested by the MACC over what is believed to be the sale of a bungalow to Lim at below market prices.

Phang, along with Lim, was granted a discharge amounting to an acquittal by the High Court in September 2018 after they were jointly charged for corruption in 2016.