Malaysia: Lim Guan Eng claims trial to fresh charges of corruption

Malaysia’s opposition politician Lim Guan Eng yesterday pleaded not guilty to fresh corruption charges involving soliciting bribes in a worker dormitory project in Penang when he was the state’s chief minister.

Businesswoman Phang Li Koon, a family friend, was charged with abetting him in the bribery case.

Also charged was Lim’s wife, Betty Chew, who claimed trial to charges of laundering the money in the bribery case.

Lim, who was Penang’s chief minister and chairman of Penang Development Corp, is accused of ensuring that Magnificent Emblem, a company believed to be related to Phang, was awarded an RM11.61 million (S$3.8 million) worker dormitory project in Batu Kawan between Aug 19, 2013, and March 3, 2016, local media reported.

Lim was also charged overusing his position as chief minister to ask for RM372,009 in bribes for his wife Chew, through the private company Excel Property Management and Consultancy.

The original full article can be found at straitstimes.com

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