Guan Eng to Face Two More Graft Charges on Monday

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Former finance minister Lim Guan Eng is expected to face two more charges of criminal misappropriation of property at the Butterworth Sessions Court on Monday next week concerning the RM6.3 billion Penang Undersea Tunnel project, according to a source.

It was reported Lim will be charged under Section 403 of the Penal Code for criminal misappropriation of property.

Section 403 states that whoever dishonestly misappropriates, or converts to his own use, or causes any other person to dispose of, any property, shall be punished with imprisonment for a term not less than six months and not more than five years, as well as whipping, and shall also be liable to a fine.

In August, the DAP secretary-general and Bagan MP was charged in Kuala Lumpur with soliciting a bribe from the company awarded the contract to undertake the controversial RM6.3 billion project when he was the Penang chief minister.

Lim claimed trial to the charges under Section 16(a)(A) of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Act 2009.

According to the charge sheet, he is alleged to have sought 10% of the profits from Consortium Zenith Construction Sdn Bhd senior director Datuk Zarul Ahmad Mohd Zulkifli as an inducement to get the contract for the project. Zenith was awarded the project.

The offence was allegedly committed at a hotel along Lingkaran Syed Putra, Mid Valley City in March 2011.

Two days later, Lim was charged at the Butterworth Sessions Court with allegedly abusing his position as then Penang chief minister to assist Zarul’s company to be appointed to undertake the construction of main roads and the undersea tunnel.

He was further charged with his wife Betty Chew Gek Cheng for using his position for gratification, related to a RM11.6mil project in Batu Kawan, which Chew had allegedly interests in.

In 2018, Lim was acquitted of two graft charges over the alleged conversion of state land status and purchase of a bungalow below market value, while businessperson Phang Li Koon was acquitted of abetting Lim in obtaining the bungalow at the undervalued cost.