Former finance minister Lim Guan Eng will spend tonight in lock-up after he was detained for alleged corruption earlier today, 6 August
The DAP member of the Parliament, who is also the former chief minister of Penang, was detained by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) at its headquarters after he arrived there at 9.10pm.
According to New Straits Times, he was summoned to the MACC headquarters over an undersea tunnel mega-project in Penang that has run into controversy for alleged corruption.
The anti-graft agency said it has received consent to prosecute him
In a statement, MACC said the Attorney General's Chambers (AGC) has given them a go.
Prosecution details state that Lim will be charged at 9am Friday, 7 August at the Special Corruption Court in Jalan Duta, Kuala Lumpur, under Section 16(a)(A) of the MACC Act 2009.
He will also be charged under Section 23 of the MACC Act 2009 at the Penang Sessions Court next week on Monday, 10 August.
"Both charges in the KL and Penang are related to Penang undersea tunnel project," the statement said, adding that MACC will also prosecute Lim on a different case on 11 August.
The third charge is also under Section 23 of the MACC Act 2009. However, MACC did not specify in detail about the third charge, for which Lim will be charged at the Penang Sessions Court.
Prior to being called in, Lim had questioned the timing of the summon
"There is no reason why MACC should call me in at this hour," Malaysiakini quoted him as saying.
They could have arranged another time and I am willing to go see them.