GEORGE TOWN: Lim Guan Eng’s wife Betty Chew will be charged at the Butterworth court on Tuesday, believed to be over a land conversion deal and the purchase of a bungalow below market price.
Lawyer Lee Khai said Chew, who was arrested and released on RM50,000 bail yesterday, would be charged under the Anti-Money Laundering and Anti-Terrorism Financing Act 2001 (Amla).
“She will be charged on Tuesday. It is in relation to her company, ” Lee said when met outside the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) headquarters in Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah here yesterday.
Lee had in a text message also told the media that the case was related to Chew’s alleged link to private company, Excel Property Management and Consultancy Sdn Bhd.
Chew arrived at the MACC office in a white MPV at about 9.45am and left around 4.30pm.
Accompanied by Lim’s sister Lim Hui Ying, who is Penang DAP secretary, she spent almost seven hours at the MACC office before posting bail.
Meanwhile, sources said businesswoman Phang Li Koon was arrested by MACC in Penang Thursday night and is now out on RM50,000 bail.
She is expected to be charged together with Chew.
In 2016, Lim was charged with using his position as the then Penang chief minister to gain gratification for himself and his wife by approving the application for conversion of agricultural land to a public housing zone in Balik Pulau to Magnificent Emblem Sdn Bhd.
He faced a second charge of using his position to obtain a plot of land and bungalow at No 25, Jalan Pinhorn, on July 28,2015, from Phang for RM2.8mil, said to be below market value.
In 2018, the High Court acquitted Lim, who was then finance minister, and Phang of both cases.
Both were acquitted despite the prosecution only proposing a discharge not amounting to an acquittal.
On Wednesday, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan, in a parliamentary written reply, said investigations into Lim’s bungalow controversy could be reopened if fresh evidence emerges.
Meanwhile, DAP treasurer Fong Kui Lun said the party would probably set up a legal fund for Lim.
“However, we have not made a decision yet. It will be announced in due time, ” he said.