Ewein Bhd founder’s wife last saw him at 1am before he was found dead, court told

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The wife of the late Ewein Bhd founder and executive chairman Datuk Ewe Swee Kheng said she last saw her husband about 1am before he fell from their condominium at Jalan Kelawei in Penang early morning of Oct 5.

Seet Chin Leng, 55, said her husband had woken up from sleep about 12.30am as he needed to go to the toilet and came back to their bed about 1am.

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“He came back to sleep and that was the last time I saw him,” she said when testifying in former Penang chief minister Lim Guan Eng’s corruption trial.

It was reported that Ewe fell from the penthouse of the Palazzo condominium and was declared dead at 5.37am.

Asked by Deputy Public Prosecutor R Francine whether she knew her husband had been called to give statements to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) prior to his death, Seet said she was aware of it but did not know the details.

Seet, who was the 13th prosecution witness, also denied any knowledge when he had gone to the MACC for his statements to be recorded as her late husband never discussed it with her.

Meanwhile, MACC officer Mohd Nazri Mansor testified that the graftbusters had recorded Ewe’s statement four times, on July 3, 8 and 9 in 2020 and on Aug 14 this year.

He said Ewe – who was supposed to be one of the prosecution witnesses in Lim’s trial, had co-operated fully with MACC officers and never objected to having his statements recorded.

“He was well treated and even allowed to have his own vegetarian food delivered to him when he was called to the MACC office.

“He did not show any signs of stress whatsoever,” he said.

Lim, 60, is accused of using his position as then Penang chief minister to obtain a bribe of RM3.3 million for helping a company owned by businessman Datuk Zarul Ahmad Mohd Zulkefli to secure the Penang undersea tunnel project worth RM6.34 billion between January 2011 and August 2017.

He is also accused of soliciting bribes amounting to 10 percent of the profits as gratification for helping Zarul’s company to secure the project.

Lim also faces two charges of causing two plots of land, worth RM208.8 million, belonging to the Penang government to be disposed of to two companies, which are linked to the undersea tunnel project.

The trial before Judge Azura Alwi continues. – NST