PETALING JAYA: PKR Vice-President Tian Chua (pic) has urged the Attorney General's Chambers to give the public an explanation on the acquittal of Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng and businesswoman Phang Li Koon over the alleged conversion of land status and purchase of a bungalow below market value.
"Since this is a serious matter, I hope that the AG Chamber can provide an explanation on the basis of the acquittal.
"Personally I do not want to speculate, but I feel that this is an issue that was important to the public and we should not take lightly the mandate that was given to us," said Tian Chua, who is also PKR vice president.
He said that an explanation was also necessary to uphold the promise of transparency given by the Pakatan Harapan Government.
He said that while he believed that Lim was a person of integrity, the Government needed to ensure that it upheld the principles of transparency and accountability in all of its actions.
"It requires strong commitment (from the Government) to show that we hold to our promise. That requires us to give a clearer explanation to the public," he said.
He said the public must feel confident that there was no interference from any quarters that resulted in the acquittal.
He commented on the matter after launching a mooncake event at PKR headquarters here on Tuesday (Sept 4).
The joint trial of Lim, who is former Penang chief minister, and Phang, was in connection to the conversion of land from agriculture to residential status, and the purchase of a plot of land and a bungalow at below market value.
He was charged with using his position as chief minister to gain gratification for himself and his wife Betty Chew by approving the application for conversion of agricultural land to a public housing zone in Balik Pulau to Magnificent Emblem Sdn Bhd.