MACC lodges reports over Guan Eng’s and Syed Saddiq’s statements for contempt

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The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has lodged two police reports related to two on-going high profile corruption cases involving former ministers for contempt of court.

The reports were over statements made concerning the trials involving former Penang chief minister Lim Guan Eng and former Youth and Sports minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman.

Both reports against Lim and Syed Saddiq were lodged by MACC investigation officers at the Presint 7 police station near Putrajaya yesterday. (June 24)

According to the report against Lim, the complainant said he saw an online news article regarding Lim’s statement denying the prosecution’s witness’ allegations against him.

The report alleged that Lim had described the testimony made by prosecution witness Datuk Zarul Ahmad Mohd Zulkifli as false, fabricated, and a political conspiracy.

The complainant said this action was sub-judicial as the trial is still ongoing.

Lim is facing four charges of using his position as the then chief minister to solicit gratification to help Consortium Zenith Construction to secure the undersea tunnel project.

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Lim is alleged to have sought 10 percent of the profit to be made by the company from its owner, Zarul.

He is also accused of receiving RM3.3 million for himself and causing two plots of land belonging to the state government to be disposed to two companies linked to the tunnel project.

Lim made the statement during a press conference near the Kuala Lumpur Court Complex after his case was adjourned for the day.

Meanwhile, the report against Syed Saddiq claimed a lawyer Lim Wei Jiet made the sub-judicial remarks by describing the charges against Syed Saddiq as politically motivated.

The complainant said the trial of the case has not yet begun and this action may disrupt the judicial process of the case.

Syed Saddiq is charged, as the then Armada chief entrusted with control of Armada funds, of abetting Rafiq Hakim Razali, Armada’s assistant treasurer at the time, with Criminal Breach of Trust (CBT) of RM1 million of the organisation’s funds.

He also faces two counts of engaging in money laundering, namely two transactions of RM50,000, believed to be proceeds of unlawful activities, from his Maybank Islamic Bhd account into his Amanah Saham Bumiputera account. – NST