DAP MPs claim political persecution.
DAP veteran Lim Kit Siang, Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow, and Deputy Chief Minister II Professor Dr P Ramasamy were among prominent political figures who flocked to the Court Complex at Jalan Duta in Kuala Lumpur to show support to former Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng, who is set to appear in the dock today.
Other politicians present at the court complex are DAP chairman Tan Kok Wai, DAP national vice-chairman M Kulasegaran, PKR vice-president Datuk Dr Xavier Jayakumar and PKR communications director Fahmi Fadzil.
A handful of supporters of the DAP secretary-general also appeared to show their support, gathering outside the court from 8am.
The former Penang Chief Minister was accused of committing offences under Section 16(a)(A)
Lim will be charged with one count of corruption at the Sessions Court, here, over alleged graft involving the RM6.3 billion Penang undersea tunnel project.
His case will be mentioned before judge Azura Alwi.
Last night, DAP leaders started a campaign to Lim, who spent the night in detention at the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Comission (MACC) headquarter in Putrajaya, following an arrest.
Jelutong MP RSN Rayer, who acted as lawyer to Lim, left the building at around 11.15pm and confirmed that he will be representing Lim, who will be charged at the Kuala Lumpur special court in the morning.
Rayer said other DAP MPs who are also practising lawyers that will be representing Lim include Gobind Singh Deo and Ramkarpal Singh.
“We will keep fighting,” he told reporters briefly.
On social media, several leaders, including Seputeh MP Teresa Kok and Seri Delima assemblyman Syerleena Abdul Rashid posted message of support with the hashtag #SolidarityWithLGE.
“There is not a single bit of evidence that suggests wrongdoing. Political persecution by Perikatan Nasional has begun,” Kok claimed in a Facebook post.
Other MPs similarly posted message of support, claiming political persecution.
“MACC could’ve just informed Lim to be present at the courtroom at a certain time. There’s no need to keep him overnight. He won’t run away. Perhaps this is one of many persecutions,” wrote Johor DAP chairman Liew Chin Tong.
“Last week, they targeted [Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal], Warisan and Sabah. This week, Lim Guan Eng, DAP and Pulau Pinang. Pray for next week,” Segambut MP Hannah Yeoh said on Twitter.