Calling the corruption charge against him as politically motivated, Lim Guan Eng said he had not received any gratification in the undersea tunnel project.
The former Penang chief minister said that during his interrogation with Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), he was never asked to declare his bank balances.
“I want to stress that I have never received any gratification and I’ve said this to MACC.
“They never asked me to show proof whether I have millions or billions of ringgit in my bank or millions or billions in cash possession,” he told reporters today at the Kuala Lumpur High Court lobby after posting a RM500,000 bail.
Lim was charged at a special corruption court in Kuala Lumpur today before judge Azura Alwi.
He was accused of committing the offence in March 2011 near The Gardens Hotel, Mid Valley in Kuala Lumpur, while he was still the Penang chief minister.
He allegedly solicited the bribe from Zarul Ahmad Mohd Zulkilfi, whose company was appointed by Penang to implement the project.
“This is a baseless allegation and is politically motivated to tarnish me and my reputation and of course in my effort to execute my role as an Opposition parliamentarian.
“I want to stress that we fight corruption seriously and we will not practise corruption,” Lim added.
His lawyer and Puchong MP Gobind Singh Deo who was also present said the charge was also flawed as the prosecutors had not mentioned the amount of the alleged bribe in the charge sheet.
“One issue is the prosecution falling short of including the alleged amount of the bribe in the charge, [which] to us is a fatal matter,” said Gobind.
“As far as we are concerned, there is no basis to the charge and we will fight it to the very end, and we will actually use the court processes to prove that my client is innocent,” he added.