GEORGE TOWN: The moment state executive councillor Phee Boon Poh arrived at the courthouse for remand proceedings, his wife and heavily pregnant daughter burst into tears.
Phee, clad in the orange Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) remand garb, went over and gave his wife a hug and kiss before being escorted to the remand room at about 10am yesterday.
His supporters and Pakatan Harapan leaders were there since 9am, holding placards and banners to lend support.
Also at the court were factory director Edmund Gan Eu Leong, 37, and his 70-year-old father Gan Buck Hee, who is factory manager.
After three hours, Assistant Registrar Ameera Mastura Khamis granted a five-day remand order to the MACC.
Phee was represented by lawyers R.S.N. Rayer and Ramkarpal Singh while the father and son have Dev Kumaraendran, V. Parthipan, Khor Chai Koan and Teh See Khoon.
The MACC was represented by deputy public prosecutor Ahmad Ghazali Muhamad Nadzri.
Outside the court, Ramkarpal said the remand order was “highly irregular” and claimed that the assistant registrar decided on the length of the remand without hearing from the lawyers.
He said they would be making an application for a revision of the remand order, at the Alor Setar High Court today because it was a working day in Kedah.
Phee, Edmund and Buck Hee were nabbed by the graft-busters on Friday over a probe into an illegal carbon filter processing factory in Kampung Sungai Lembu, Bukit Mertajam.
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