Guan Eng’s lawyers find MACC statement more 'shocking'

  • Nation
  • Monday, 03 Sep 2018

GEORGE TOWN: Lim Guan Eng’s lawyers say they are shocked that the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) is not aware of the court’s decision to acquit the Finance Minister of graft charges.

Responding to MACC’s statement that it was shocked by the Penang High Court’s decision on Monday, lawyer Ramkarpal Singh said the statement, which also said the decision was made by the Attorney General’s Chambers and not the MACC, was even more shocking to him.

“I am shocked that the MACC is shocked over the decision.

“Obviously this matter has been brought up to the attention of MACC by the AG.

“They (MACC) obviously have knowledge and been informed that the charges will be withdrawn, as the entire process involves the MACC.

“Is the MACC saying that the AG did not consult them? This is a serious allegation,” said Ramkarpal in a statement.

Ramkarpal, along with R.S.N Rayer and Reubankumar Asokan, who represented Lim, said there was no indication of MACC having no knowledge or hint prior to Lim’s acquittal.

“We were there in the morning and met up with the DPPs, none of them said anything.

“We are taken aback by MACC’s statement. It is a serious allegation and they should stop it,” said Ramkarpal.

After Lim and businesswoman Phang Li Koon were acquitted over the alleged conversion of land status and the purchase of a bungalow below market value, MACC issued a statement saying it was shocked over the acquittal, after the prosecution retracted the case.

The statement also stressed that the decision was made by the Attorney General’s Chambers, and not the MACC.

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