GEORGE TOWN, June 30 2016 : Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng claimed trial in the High Court here today to two corruption charges involving a piece of land and a bungalow.
On the first charge, he is accused of using his position as chief minister for himself and his wife Betty Chew Gek Cheng’s interest to approve the conversion of a piece of land from its status as an agricultural land to residential land and transferring it to a company, Magnificient Emblem Sdn Bhd.
Lim, 56, allegedly committed the offence while chairing a State Planning Committee meeting on the 28th floor at Komtar, George Town here on July 18, 2014.
The charge under Section 23 of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Act 2009 carries a maximum 20 years imprisonment and a fine of not less than five times the value involved or RM10,000, whichever is higher, upon conviction. – BernamaWell, I'm inclined to believe that Guan Eng will really kena this time.
I'm sure the authorities had done their investigations properly and got all the necessary evidence.
A water-tight case, so to speak.
Otherwise, I don't think they would take the risk of prosecuting Guan Eng, who is a bit like a demi-god among his supporters.
One thing for sure, this will be the end of the DAP's Lim dynasty.
I remember back in the late 90's when Guan Eng went to prison for criminally slandering the then Malacca chief minister Rahim Thamby Chik, many DAP people abandoned him and his family.
He hardly have any friend when he came out of prison a year later.
I believe the same will happen again this time.
Of course DAP will try to win public sympathy over the case, but after a while they will have to move on.
Betty will go up and down the country to plead support for her husband but she won't be able to do that forever.
After the next general election which increasingly look like it's going to be a walkover for BN, the whole thing will fades away.
Once you are out, no one really loves you anymore.
In a way, DAP is also a bit like Umno....or is it the other way around?
It's the nature of the beast.
I just hope that they don't slap Guan Eng with the maximum jail sentence of 20 years imprisonment.
Can't imagine what Guan Eng looks like 20 years from now.
A 76 years old Guan Eng.....hmmmmm....
But I suspect he will still be looking like this,
Except older, I guess.