Penang CM Lim Guan Eng Has Just Been Arrested By MACC For Corruption

Purchasing properties below market value is considered an offence for a public official as per the Penal Code.

Cover image via CM Lim Guan Eng/Facebook

CM of Penang, Lim Guan Eng, has been arrested by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission. CM Lim was leaving the conference room at 6:20pm in Komtar after chairing Penang's weekly exco meeting when he was taken into custody by men in plainclothes.

Prior to his arrest, the MAAC had put out an arrest warrant for the Penang CM.

According to The Star Online, officers from MACC were at the Penang Chief Minister's office in Komtar while he was chairing a meeting of the state executive councillors.

At 4.55pm, five to eight officers, all in plainclothes, arrived at Lim's office on Level 28.

Lim's father and DAP veteran Lim Kit Siang tweeted the details about the arrested, saying that he was arrested on two charges of corruption and would be produced in court tomorrow morning

Lim will be charged in the George Town Sessions Court

He is expected to be charged in the George Town Sessions Court under Section 23 of the MACC Act and Section 165 of the Penal Code.

The first charge relates to alleged abuse of power with regard to the re-zoning of land from agriculture to commercial, and the second concerns the bungalow, which he had acquired below market price.

Meanwhile, it's also being reported that businesswoman Phang Li Khoon, who sold the house to Lim located along Jalan Pinhorn for RM2.8 million, was also arrested by officers from the MAAC

Image via NST

Sources claimed that the arrest was made today and that Phang is believed to have been detained at the MACC headquarters.

It is not immediately known where and when Phang was arrested.

Read about the bungalow involved in the case, here:

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