MCA: Will DAP return bail money to donors after Guan Eng's trial

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  • Saturday, 02 Jul 2016

KUALA LUMPUR: What would the DAP do with the public donations of over RM1mil collected for Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng's bail after his corruption trial is over, asks MCA religious harmony bureau chairman Datuk Seri Ti Lian Ker (pic).

Ti questioned if the money would be given back to the donors.

“Why is DAP organising a donation drive to recover money to be used to bail out the Penang chief minister who was already out on bail?

“Lim is already out on bail and here they are misleading the public to donate to a fund that may not be used later,” Ti said in a statement.

Ti said the corruption charges against Lim were personal in nature as it involved a bungalow that he had purchased below market price from an owner who may have state dealings or benefitted from his office as the chief minister.

“It would have been different if DAP sought funds for a tragedy that struck the state or towards a particular welfare which is not in DAP’s culture of practice,” he added.

Ti said DAP was practising double standards, noting that C Selvam, late DAP chairman Karpal Singh’s driver, was locked up for more than a month when nobody posted the mere RM5,000 bail for him.

“We are also reminded of the former Sarawak DAP chairman, the late Wong Ho Leng’s complaint of the lack of party’s concern or assistance when he was cancer stricken,” he said.

Ti reminded the public that the DAP had failed to disclose the amount collected through the “Save Bukit China” fund in 1984 to stop the then Malacca government’s development plans for the hill.

He claimed that the issue was later settled without money being required, but DAP did not reveal the whereabouts of the fund.

“DAP failed to be accountable for the Bukit Cina trust funds and more people should wake up to their ‘donation lies’” he said.

DAP launched a “RM10 in solidarity with Guan Eng” donation drive after its secretary-general was slapped with two corruption charges on Thursday and his bail amount set at RM1mil.

Penang MCA Youth chief Michael Lee said DAP was practising double standards when it comes to cases involving its secretary-general.

“DAP had asked Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Abdul Razak to go on leave pending an earlier inquiry into allegations against him but Lim was never asked to take leave.

“A criminal charge is more serious than an inquiry. If DAP thinks that one has to go on leave even if he or she is under investigation, then why does a person being charged need not do the same and is allowed to hold on to his post?” he asked.

“If DAP wants accountability, it should support any probe to find out the truth.

“The Chief Minister should also be suspended from all posts while under investigation, so as to prove the Penang government’s pledge for CAT (Competency, Accountability and Transparency),” he added.

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