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The LGE Corruption Trial

Posted on September 06, 2018

On September 3, 2018, The High Court acquitted both Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng (LGE) and businesswoman Phang Li Koon over the alleged purchase of a bungalow below market value and conversion of land status.  There have been various reactions to this decision. Here are the facts of the trial and also a collection of reactions from around.

The Facts

When was LGE charged?
He was charged on June 30, 2018.

 
The Trial of the Corruption Case
The trial started on March 26, 2017.

 
First Postponement of Trial for GE14
On April 9, 2018, The High Court granted LGE’s application to postpone the trial as he needed to prepare for the 14th general election (GE14).  The trial was adjourned to May 21, 2018.
As of April 9, 2018, 25 witnesses had taken the stand. A total of 54 prosecution witnesses are expected to testify at the trial.


Second Postponement of the Trial
On May 21, 2018, the defence counsels told the court that they would make a fresh representation to the new Attorney-General (AG) who will be appointed by the new federal government in July and will propose for the charges to be dropped. The High Court fixed July 30 for the mention of the corruption trial to settle the representation process by the defence.


Third Postponement of the Trial
On July 30, 2018, The High Court allowed the request made by the Deputy Public Prosecutor and fixed Sept 3 for the Attorney-General’s Chambers to decide on whether to proceed or drop the corruption case against LGE and Phang. 
On July 6, 2018, the defence counsels had made their representations to the new Attorney-General (AG) for the case to be dropped.


What are the charges?

  • In the first charge, he was charged under Section 23 of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Act 2009  for abuse of power as a public officer (then the Chief Minister of Penang) to gain gratification for himself and his wife, Betty Chew Gek Cheng. He was accused of doing so by granting approval to Magnificient Emblem Sdn Bhd for conversion of agriculture land to a public housing zone. 

  • In the second charge under Section 165 of the Penal Code, he was accused of using his position as a public officer to obtain for himself a plot of land and a house from businesswoman Phang Li Koon for RM2.8 million which is almost half of the market value of RM4.27 million.

  • Phang Li Koon was also charged with abetting Lim in obtaining the bungalow at an undervalued cost.

 

In the News

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New Malaysia | Overhaul Corruption | Sep 18, 2018 @ 16:16

It’s selective prosecution, says Dr M

There has been a lot of criticism over the decision by Attorney-General (AG) Tommy Thomas to drop the case against Lim Guan Eng, Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said today. He said the previous Barisan Nasional (BN) government had victimised the Opposition. |Read more >|SunDaily

New Malaysia | Fakenews | Sep 18 ,2018 @ 16:00

News portal blames source over the false report of AG’s resignation

Free Malaysia Today claimed its source who “confirmed” Tommy Thomas’s resignation as attorney general (AG) has rescinded this, but not in time to stop the portal from briefly reporting the matter as fact. |Read more >|Malaymail

 

New Malaysia | Fakenews | Sep 18, 2018 @ 15:51

AG denies resignation rumours

The Attorney General Chambers (AGC) denied rumours that AG Tommy Thomas has resigned as reported on an online portal. |Read more >|SunDaily

New Malaysia Overhaul Corruption Sep 09, 2018 @ 18:00

Ex-CJ roasts Tommy Thomas over Guan Eng’s acquittal

Former Chief Justice Tun Abdul Hamid Mohamad today took the prime minister and Attorney-General Tommy Thomas to task over the handling of the corruption trial of Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng, who was acquitted after the prosecution dropped its charge. |Read more >|Malaymail

 

New Malaysia | Overhaul Corruption Sep 08, 2018 @ 00:45

Rally-goers challenged the law, says police

The attempt made by rally-goers outside the Sogo Shopping Centre, here, tonight, to march to the Dang Wangi district police headquarters was considered as trying to challenge the law. |Read more >|NST

 

New Malaysia Overhaul Corruption Sep 08, 2018 @ 00:30

Protest against AG turns unruly

A rally of fewer than 50 people demonstrating against Attorney General Tommy Thomas today turned chaotic when protesters and police officers shoved each other. |Read more >|Malaymail

 

New Malaysia Overhaul Projects | Sep 06, 2018 @ 10:50

Report: AGC had no evidence to show Guan Eng knew to buy the house below market value

Prosecutors in the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) withdrew its corruption charge against Lim Guan Eng as they did not have any evidence to show he knew he was buying his Penang house at below market value in July 2015. |Read more >|Malaymail

 

New Malaysia Overhaul Corruption Sep 06, 2018 @ 09:23

LGE's case: 'Breach of the constitution if A-G had no role in withdrawal'

If it is true that Attorney-General (A-G) Tommy Thomas had nothing to do with the withdrawal of Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng’s graft case, then there has been a breach of the Federal Constitution. |Read more >|NST

 

New Malaysia Overhaul Corruption Sep 06, 2018 @ 09:13

LGE's case: 'Why should A-G decide whether to file appeal?'

Why should it be up to Attorney-General (A-G) Tommy Thomas to decide whether to file an appeal against the acquittal of former Penang chief minister Lim Guan Eng and businesswoman Phang Li Koon?|Read more >|NST

 

New Malaysia Overhaul Corruption Sep 06, 2018 @ 09:03

LGE's case: 'Dropping of charges can be seen as morally indefensible'

The prosecution’s decision to drop two corruption charges against Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng may not be legally wrong, but is seen as morally not right, said Universiti Teknologi Malaysia Senior Lecturer and Research Fellow (Law and Constitution) Dr Muhammad Fathi Yusof.|Read more >|NST

 

New Malaysia Overhaul Corruption Sep 06, 2018 @ 08:33

Why the A-GC dropped LGE's case

The difficulty in proving that the bungalow deal was carried out ‘for a consideration which Lim Guan Eng knew to be inadequate’ was why the charges against the former Penang chief minister and businesswoman Phang Li Koon were withdrawn. |Read more >|NST

 

Sep 05 

​​New Malaysia Overhaul Corruption Sep 05, 2018 @ 16:52

Need to establish independent public prosecutor's office, separate from AGC, says Bersih 2.0

There is a need to establish an independent public prosecutor’s office, separate from the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC), in order to clear public opinion over the role of Attorney General, said The Coalition for Clean and Fair Election (Bersih 2.0). |Read more >|NST

 

New Malaysia Overhaul Corruption Sep 05, 2018 @ 14:26

Baljit: Is AG involved or not in Lim, Phang corruption case?

Why should it be up to Attorney-General (AG) Tommy Thomas to decide whether or not to file an appeal against the acquittal of former Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng and businesswoman Phang Li Koon’s corruption charges?|Read more >|NST

 

New Malaysia Overhaul Corruption Sep 05, 2018 @ 07:46

Up to A-G to decide on the appeal

The power is in the attorney general's (A-G) hands whether his chambers will appeal against the High Court’s acquittal of Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng in his corruption case.|Read more >|NST

 

New Malaysia Overhaul Corruption Sep 05, 2018 @ 00:49

Lawyer dismisses AGC's explanation on Lim, Phang's acquittal

A lawyer, who acted for the complainant in the trial of former Penang chief minister Lim Guan Eng and businesswoman Phang Li Koon, has rubbished the explanation given by Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) with regards to their acquittal. |Read more >|NST

 

New Malaysia Overhaul Corruption | Sep 04 2018 @ 23:30

Why didn’t prosecution ask for a postponement? the complainant in Guan Eng’s case asks

The complainant in Lim Guan Eng’s corruption case questioned today why the prosecution did not request a postponement instead of withdrawing the charges against the finance minister. |Read more >|Malaymail

 

New Malaysia | Overhaul Corruption | Sep 04, 2018 @ 21:12

MCW proposes for AGC to be placed under parliament

The Malaysia Corruption Watch (MCW) has proposed for the Attorney-General's Chambers (AGC) to be placed under the purview of the Parliament to ensure that judicial system in the country will be spared from any form of power abuse. |Read more >|SunDaily

New Malaysia Overhaul Corruption | Sep 04, 2018 @ 20:50

Bar Council says 'not shocking' that charges against Lim Guan Eng dropped

The Bar Council has described the prosecution’s decision to withdraw corruption charges against Lim Guan Eng as “not shocking.” |Read more >|NST

 

Sep 04 

​​New Malaysia Overhaul Corruption Sep 04, 2018 @ 18:50

Lawyer Abu Backer Sidek calls for AG to resign over LGE verdict

Attorney General Tommy Thomas “has no integrity” and must resign, said lawyer Datuk Abu Backer Sidek Mohamad Zan.|Read more >|TheStar

 

New Malaysia Overhaul Corruption | Sep 04, 2018 @ 18:41

Minister: Give MACC powers to prosecute if AG decides not to

The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) should be given the powers to prosecute in situations where the Attorney-General (AG) decides not to prosecute, Federal Territories Minister Khalid Samad said today. |Read more >|Malaymail

 

New Malaysia Overhaul Corruption Sep 04, 2018 @ 18:11

White paper on AG's decision to withdraw charges against Lim should be tabled in Parliament

PAS has called for a parliamentary white paper to be tabled over the Attorney General’s Chambers (AGC) justification to drop corruption charges against Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng. |Read more >|NST

 

New Malaysia Overhaul Corruption Sep 04, 2018 @ 17:38

Prosecution should appeal court decision to grant full acquittal to Lim Guan Eng and businesswoman

The prosecution should appeal the Penang High Court's decision to grant former Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng and businesswoman Phang Li Koon full acquittal of their corruption charges, senior lawyers here said. |Read more >|NST

 

New Malaysia Overhaul Corruption Sep 04, 2018 @ 17:16

More quarters demand to know why Guan Eng was acquitted

Transparency International Malaysia (TIM) wants the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) to explain why graft charges against Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng were dropped. |Read more >|NST

 

New Malaysia Overhaul Corruption Sep 04, 2018 @ 16:49

Ex-spy chief sues MACC for not letting her consult with lawyer

Former Malaysian External Intelligence Organisation (MEIO) director-general Datuk Hasanah Abdul Hamid is suing the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) for not allowing her to consult with her lawyer while she was remanded on allegations of abuse of power and misuse of GE14 funds. |Read more >|TheStar

 

New Malaysia Overhaul Corruption Sep 04, 2018 @ 15:20

Tian Chua urges AGC to provide an explanation over Guan Eng's acquittal

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.|Read more >|TheStar

 

New Malaysia | Overhaul Corruption | Sep 04, 2018 @ 15:07

AGC: Tommy not involved in Guan Eng’s acquittal

The Attorney-General's Chambers (AGC) today reiterated that Attorney-General Tommy Thomas did not have a hand in the decision to acquit Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng and businesswoman Phang Li Koon. |Read more >|SunDaily
 

Sep 04 

New Malaysia Opposition | Sep 04, 2018 @ 11:50

Najib takes a dig at Guan Eng’s ‘hantam’ remark over seafood SST blunder

Datuk Seri Najib Razak was quick to mock Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng over the latter’s admission that the initial sales tax imposed on some basic seafood items was a blunder. |Read more >|Malaymail

 

New Malaysia Overhaul Corruption | Sep 04, 2018 @ 11:00

After Guan Eng’s acquittal, Nurul Izzah wants MACC to prosecute directly

The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) must be vested with prosecutorial powers, said PKR’s Nurul Izzah Anwar following the controversy of Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng’s acquittal yesterday. |Read more >|Malaymail

 

New Malaysia Overhaul Corruption Sep 04, 2018 @ 07:30

MACC: We’re not behind the decision to withdraw the case

The Penang High Court’s decision to acquit 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 is a “shocker” to the anti-graft agency. |Read more >|TheStar

 

New Malaysia Overhaul Corruption Sep 03, 2018 @ 21:25

Najib takes a jibe at a shocking day following Lim Guan Eng's acquittal

Datuk Seri Najib Razak has taken a swipe at all the expressions of shock issued by various quarters over Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng’s acquittal of corruption charges. |Read more >|NST

 

New Malaysia Overhaul Corruption Sep 03, 2018 @ 20:57

Report: MACC wasn’t consulted on dropping Guan Eng’s graft charges

The withdrawal of corruption charges against Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng was not discussed with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), Malaysiakini reported today. |Read more >|Malaymail

 

New Malaysia | Overhaul Corruption Sep 03, 2018 @ 20:25

Support, shock and questions over LGE's acquittal

The acquittal of Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng and businesswoman Phang Li Koon over corruption charges today drew shock from the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) and even prompted an NGO to question the independence of the judiciary. |Read more >|SunDaily

 

New Malaysia Overhaul Corruption Sep 03, 2018 @ 19:58

PAS: Investigate Tommy Thomas for conflict of interest

PAS vice-president Idris Ahmad is urging the relevant authorities to investigate Attorney General Tommy Thomas over any possible conflict of interest following the acquittal of Lim Guan Eng and Phang Li Koon of corruption charges.|Read more >|TheStar

 

New Malaysia Overhaul Corruption Sep 03, 2018 @ 19:54

If they want to be shocked, then they are shocked, says Dr M after LGE acquittal

Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad seemingly expressed surprise today at the acquittal of Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng of corruption in the purchase of a bungalow. |Read more >|Malaymail

 

New Malaysia Overhaul Corruption Sep 03, 2018 @ 19:54

Dr M 'shocked' at Guan Eng's acquittal

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad says he was “shocked” at the withdrawal of charges against Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng in the case involving the latter’s purchase of a bungalow at under market price when Lim was Penang Chief Minister. |Read more >|NST

 

 

Sep 03 

New Malaysia Overhaul Corruption Sep 03, 2018 @ 17:08

Guan Eng's acquittal raises red flags, says C4

The Centre to Combat Corruption and Cronyism (C4) has expressed extreme surprise that Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng was acquitted of his corruption charge by the High Court earlier today. |Read more >|NST

 

New Malaysia Overhaul Corruption Sep 03, 2018 @ 17:08

Guan Eng’s lawyers find MACC statement more 'shocking'

Lim Guan Eng’s lawyers say they are shocked that the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) is not aware of the court’s decision to acquit the Finance Minister of graft charges.|Read more >|TheStar

New Malaysia Overhaul Corruption Sep 03, 2018 @ 16:30

Lawyer groups call on AG to resign for dropping charges against Guan Eng

Lawyer groups called for the resignation of Attorney-General Tommy Thomas for dropping corruption charges against Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng.|Read more >|TheStar

New Malaysia | Overhaul Corruption Sep 03, 2018 @ 12:06

MACC 'very shocked' by the court decision on Guan Eng

The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) said it was "very shocked" by a court decision to dismiss corruption charges against former Penang chief minister Lim Guan Eng and a businesswoman over a property purchase. |Read more >|SunDaily

 

New Malaysia Overhaul Corruption Sep 03, 2018 @ 11:06

Penang High Court acquits Guan Eng, Phang of corruption

The High Court here on Monday granted a discharge amounting to an acquittal on former Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng and businesswoman Phang Li Koon over their corruption charges, two years ago. |Read more >|NST

 

New Govt The LGE Corruption Trial |  

Posted on September 06, 2018

The High Court acquitted both Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng (LGE) who was alleged to have purchased a bungalow below market value and conversion of land status. Find out the facts of the trial.  Click to read > |

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