Former Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng claimed that the party that dragged him to court on baseless charges today was only intended to tarnish and damage his reputation ahead of the Sabah State Election (PRN).
Lim who is DAP secretary-general said that the time chosen for the prosecution of the case involving him was one day before the nomination of the Sabah PRN candidate was seen as an effort to create a negative perception.
However, Lim believes that the people in the state are able to make the right decisions for their future and good.
“The other two additional charges against me today are baseless, politically motivated and abuse of power by a government not elected by the people to tarnish and damage my reputation ahead of the election, either in Sabah or at the national level,” he told a news conference after charges in Butterworth Court here this morning.
Earlier, Lim, who is also the former Chief Minister of Penang, faced two charges of disposing of Penang state government land to a developer company. However, he pleaded not guilty to the two charges which were read before Judge Ahmad Azhari Abdul Hamid.
The Bagan MP said he would prove his innocence in court, especially when no reward or bribe money was found either in his personal bank account or in cash-shaped ownership.
Commenting further on the two new charges, Lim said it involved a tunnel project and three highways awarded by the Penang state government in 2013 to the Zenith Beijing Urban Construction Group (CZBUCG) Consortium.
He said, CZBUCG was awarded the contract through an open tender by the State Procurement Committee headed by the Penang State Secretary and comprised of senior government officials.
“Even though I am not a member of the State Procurement Committee, I am still accused based on the latest trend that all is wrong with Lim Guan Eng.
“Despite being questioned five times by the MACC on this matter, no questions were asked to me about rewards or bribes found in my bank account or in cash,” he said.
Last week, Lim claimed that he was detained by the Sabah Immigration Department when he arrived at Kota Kinabalu Airport.
The Member of Parliament for Bagan, said that he who arrived at the airport at 11.54 pm with a social visit pass was initially able to pass the immigration department but was later detained when he wanted to get into the car.
“It was almost time to get in the car, a senior immigration officer came, asked me to come in again. I cooperated and went to the immigration office.
“After waiting 20 minutes, I asked what the problem was? They claimed that the MACC (Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission) had set a barrier for me to enter Sabah. What is this? Isn’t this the power of the Sabah state government?” Lim was quoted as saying on his official Twitter account.