Media and public have a field day at court

BUTTERWORTH: It was just 6.30am and the Sessions Court here was already filled with journalists eager to get their media passes to cover the corruption case of former finance minister Lim Guan Eng.

Security was tight in and around the court premises with the Light Strike Force maintaining order and ensuring that all Covid-19 standard operating procedures were adhered to.

At 8.30am, the crowd swelled to about 200 people, including politicians, party members and supporters who wore yellow wristbands.

North Seberang Prai OCPD Asst Comm Noorzainy Mohd Noor had to repeatedly issue warnings to the crowd to observe social distancing.

Among those present were Lim Kit Siang and his wife Neo Yoke Tee, Guan Eng’s wife Betty Chew and their son Marcus, Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow, Deputy Chief Minister I Datuk Ahmad Zakiyuddin Abdul Rahman, Deputy Chief Minister II Dr P. Ramasamy and state exco members Phee Boon Poh, Zairil Khir Johari and Soon Lip Chee.Guan Eng arrived in an MPV at 8.55am. Only his close family members and selected media personnel and state government representatives were allowed into the Special Corruption Court on level four.

After the court proceedings were over, Guan Eng claimed the gratification charge against him was baseless and politically motivated.

“There is no RM3.3mil in my bank account or in my possession.So if there is no RM3.3mil, where is the corruption?” he said during a press conference at his Bagan parliamentary service centre.

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