KEPALA BATAS: Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng, who is facing two counts of corruption, should not have burdened the people by allowing a donation drive to raise funds to pay for his RM1mil bail, said a Penang Umno leader.
Penang Umno deputy chairman Datuk Seri Reezal Merican Naina Merican (pic) said it was true that Lim did not ask for the donations himself.
"But as a Chief Minister, Lim should be responsible and use his own money.
"He could have just stopped DAP from making the collection as the prosecution is made against him, not the party," he added.
Reezal Merican, who is Deputy Foreign Minister, also urged Lim to step down as Chief Minister and give way to other DAP leaders to take over the post.
Previously, the Opposition had been pestering Barisan Nasional leaders who were charged in court to step down from their posts, now Lim should do the same to prove his integrity, he added.
Lim, 56, was charged with using his position as Chief Minister for his personal interest and that of his wife, Betty Chew Gek Cheng, by approving the conversion of a piece of land from agriculture to residential status and transferring the land to a company – Magnificient Emblem Sdn Bhd.
He was also charged with corruptly obtaining for himself, and his wife, a piece of land and a bungalow at No 25, Jalan Pinhorn, George Town, from businesswoman Phang Li Koon, at below market value, for RM2.8mil, when the value of the property then was worth RM4.27mil.
On a news portal report which said that Lim would hold a session at Dewan Sri Pinang in George Town next Monday to explain the issue of his prosecution, Reezal Merican said the people should just allow the matter to be decided by the court.
"Let the case be judged in the court, not on the streets," he added.
It is understood that the event will also be attended by Opposition leader Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail and Amanah president Mohamad Sabu. – Bernama