GEORGE TOWN: The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) is seeking a seven-day remand for state executive councillor Phee Boon Poh (pic) and two others.
The three were arrested on Friday over investigations related to an illegal factory in Kampung Sungai Lembu in Bukit Mertajam, and were brought to court on Saturday morning.
However, lawyers representing the three, which included a 70-year-old manager and his 37-year-old factory director son, objected to the application before assistant registrar Ameera Mastura Khamis.
R.S.N. Rayer and Ramkarpal Singh, who are representing Phee, said, “We are questioning if MACC has the right to remand Phee for such a period.
“We have not been given a chance to speak to him to seek further instructions,” they said after the court stood down its proceedings for 25 minutes at noon, pending a decision.
Counsel Dev Kumaraendran, V. Parthipan, Khor Chai Koan and Teh See Khoon represented the manager and his son.
They said they had also raised certain objections over MACC's remand application.
The three, escorted by MACC officers, arrived in three cars at the courthouse at 10.05am on Saturday.
They were arrested between 3.30pm and 6.35pm on Friday after they produced themselves at the state MACC headquarters in Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah.
Earlier on Friday morning, a team of five MACC officers also raided Phee's office in Komtar and seized some documents.
On Thursday, MACC officers seized documents related to the Kampung Sungai Lembu factory from the Seberang Prai Municipal Council (MPSP).
The MACC and several enforcement agencies also raided the factory Thursday, following complaints from villagers who feared fumes from the factory could affect their health.
The carbon filter-processing factory has been operating on agricultural land inside an oil palm estate for more than 10 years.
The operations over the illegal factory also involved officers from the Immigration Department, Department of Environment (DOE), and Inland Revenue Board (IRB).