MACC Challenges Guan Eng: Take Us to Court for Mistreatment

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Lim Guan Eng can lodge a police report, or take the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to court if he felt that he was treated unfairly during his arrest earlier this week, said anti-graft agency chief commissioner Azam Baki today.

Azam said there was no double standard over Lim’s arrest and detention, after the former finance minister hit out, alleging he spent the night on the wood floor in the lock-up.

Speaking to The Malaysian Insight, Azam said everyone – including former prime minister Najib Razak and several other Umno leaders – was subject to the same procedure.

“Lim is not the first political leader that we have arrested and has had to spend the night in custody.

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“There is no double standard issue, all slept in the same cell and no one received better treatment that the other.

“If anyone feels unsatisfied, please lodge a report and take the matter to court,” he said when contacted.

He added that investigating officers were professional in making the arrest and had given Lim the chance to go to Parliament before coming to MACC on Thursday.

“He was supposed to come at 3pm but we allowed him to come after Parliament was finished.

“The decision to arrest a suspect depends on the investigation officer and it is stipulated in law,” Azam said.

Lim alleged in a Facebook post last night that he had to sleep on the wooden floor during his arrest.

Using thinly veiled sarcasm, the DAP secretary-general said former prime minister Najib Razak was lucky not to receive the same treatment, during his questioning over the 1MDB scandal.

“I had to change my outfit to the orange MACC clothes, sleep on the wooden floor without a pillow or blanket, unlike the previous finance minister who did not have to spend a night in a cell.

“Whether it is a double standard, only MACC can explain,” he said.

Yesterday, Lim was charged with soliciting a 10% bribe from the profits of the RM6.3 billion highway and undersea tunnel projects in Penang. He pleaded not guilty.

Lim is set to face further charges on Monday and Tuesday. – TMI