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MACC Arrests Lim Guan Eng's Wife Over Alleged Money Laundering Offence

The wife of the former finance minister, Betty Chew, was ordered to pay RM50,000 in bail.

Cover image via Ramdzan Masiam/Berita Harian

Editor's Note: This story's headline has been updated to reflect latest details about the arrest.

Former finance minister Lim Guan Eng's wife was arrested by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) today, 7 August

This comes after Lim was charged in court earlier today for allegedly soliciting a bribe in connection to the RM6.3 billion Penang undersea tunnel project.

According to New Straits Time, Lim's wife Betty Chew was called in for questioning at the MACC Penang office at 10.45am today.

Following the questioning, she was arrested by the anti-graft body and set RM50,000 for bail. 

Betty Chew entering the MACC building in Penang this morning, 7 August.

Image via New Straits Times

The bail was paid by Lim's sister Lim Hui Ying on the spot. She is the state DAP secretary and a senator.

Hui Ying accompanied her sister-in-law throughout the haul-up today.

"Hui Ying is not involved. She posted MACC bail of RM50,000 for Chew," Chew's lawyer Lee Khai told New Straits Times.

Lee did not reveal what alleged offence Chew was investigated for. However, he told Malaysiakini that it involved matters in relation to Excel Property Management and Consultancy Sdn Bhd.

He said his client will be charged under the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act 2001 (AMLA) on Tuesday, reported Malay Mail.

Lim Guan Eng's wife, Betty Chew.

Image via Perak Today

Meanwhile, businesswoman Phang Li Koon who was involved in Lim's bungalow scandal in 2016 is expected to be charged together with Chew next week

The Star reported that Phang is speculated to be charged at the MACC court in Butterworth next week.

Phang had, in 2016, been embroiled in a scandal that got Lim charged in the court.

Lim allegedly received gratification from Phang when purchasing a house at below market value in 2015, reported Malaysiakini.

Two years later, when the Pakatan Harapan government was in power, the charges were dropped, and both Lim and Phang were granted an acquittal by the High Court.

The case was supposed to be reviewed at the Court of Appeal in February, but due to the political crisis dubbed as 'Langkah Sheraton', the proceeding was disrupted.

Lim Guan Eng and Phang Li Koon.

Image via Mikail Ong/New Straits Times

Earlier today, Lim was charged in court:

Prior to which, the former chief minister of Penang spent a night in lock-up: