GEORGE TOWN: Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng (pic) says he will co-operate with police in its investigation into the statutory declaration (SD) by Phang Li Koon.
He, however, questioned what he claimed as the “unusually quick response” by Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar towards a report over the declaration.
He said this begged the question whether the IGP could be consistently efficient, by applying the same standards of professional diligence to police reports against Barisan Nasional as the police apply against Pakatan Harapan leaders.
“The IGP had responded barely 48 hours after Umno Youth lodged a report against Ms Phang Li Koon, who sold her house to me, allegedly for making a false SD. The IGP specifically said that I will be called as a witness. I will be happy to assist and co-operate, as I have nothing to hide.
“However, we have never seen such a speedy response to investigate or call the prime minister or ministers as witnesses when police reports are lodged against Barisan leaders over the 1MDB RM42bil or the RM2.6bil donation scandal,” Lim said in a press statement Saturday.
Khalid was reported as saying on Friday that police were investigating Phang for allegedly making a false SD after a report was lodged against her. Penang Umno Youth had lodged a report at the Patani Road police station here on Wednesday over the SD, alleging that a statement in the declaration was untrue.
Lim, who is also DAP secretary-general, said Umno Youth claimed to have evidence that Phang has business dealings with the Penang state government and cited a company of which she owns 20% being listed in the directory for employment agencies on the InvestPenang website.
“What Umno Youth fails to mention is that the company mentioned is not the only company listed but one of the 30 employment agencies listed.
“There are also many other lists for auditors, banks, architects, construction companies and others. InvestPenang merely publicised the names and services of many companies operating in Penang, and these companies do not necessarily have any business dealings with the Penang Government. Any company can apply to be listed in the directory, which is similar to a mini Yellow Pages,” Lim explained.
He said that unless the state government was looking for foreign workers, there was no need for it to seek Phang’s services, adding that the state government did not employ foreign workers as a matter of policy.He asked if he and Phang would be given the right to be investigated fairly, impartially and professionally.