07 Aug MACC arrests the wife of Lim Guan Eng on suspected money laundering
The wife of former finance minister Lim Guan Eng was arrested today, 7 August, by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC). This comes after Lim was sued earlier today in court for reportedly soliciting a bribe in conjunction with the RM6.3 billion undersea tunnel project in Penang. Lim’s wife Betty Chew had been called in for interrogation at the MACC Penang office at 10.45am today, according to New Straits Time. She was arrested by the anti-graft body after the questioning and set RM50,000 for bail.
Lim’s sister Lim Hui Ying paid the bail on spot. She’s the DAP secretary of defense and a leader. Today, Hui Ying followed her sister-in-law all over the haul-up. “Hui Ying is not interested, she has issued RM50,000 MACC bail for Chew,” Chew counsel Lee Khai told the New Straits Times.
Lee did not reveal why Chew was being investigated for the alleged offense. He told Malaysiakini, however, that matters relating to Excel Property Management and Consultancy Sdn Bhd were involved. He said Tuesday that his client will be charged under the 2001 Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing, and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act (AMLA), Malay Mail reported.
Meanwhile, businesswoman Phang Li Koon, who participated in the 2016 bungalow scandal in Lim, is expected to be charged with Chew next week The Star reported that next week’s MACC court in Butterworth is speculating on Phang being charged. Both the media and the public are confused about what would be levied against Phang. In 2016, Phang had been embroiled in a scandal that brought charges against Lim in court. Malaysiakini reported that Lim allegedly received gratification from Phang when it purchased a house below market value in 2015.
Two years later, as the Pakatan Harapan government was in place, the allegations were withdrawn, and the High Court awarded both Lim and Phang an acquittal. The appeal was set to be tested at the Court of Appeal in February, but the trial was delayed owing to the international turmoil called ‘Langkah Sheraton’.