Anti-graft officers 'didn't raid home of Penang Chief Minister'

GEORGE TOWN • Five Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) officers visited the home of Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng yesterday afternoon, as part of investigations into his purchase of the bungalow.

Mr Lim and his wife Betty Chew had earlier visited the Penang office of the anti-graft commission, before they asked him to take them to the house, Malaysia news site reported.

The couple had first recorded their statements with MACC two weeks ago over buying the house for RM2.8 million (S$947,000), which an Umno leader had alleged as being linked to the improper sale of a commercial piece of property in George Town.

Mr Lim has denied any wrongdoing in the purchase.

Mr Lim's legal counsel Gobind Singh Deo yesterday denied media reports that the house was "raided" by anti-graft officials.

"A raid means the MACC would come to your home without notice," Mr Gobind told Malaysiakini. "This is not the case, the newspaper reports are not right."

"Lim was told at 10am to go to the MACC building in Penang to give further statements, and he did so with his wife Betty Chew," Mr Gobind was quoted as saying. "The MACC then asked to visit his home, and Lim said okay."

The Star newspaper said it learnt Mr Lim had cancelled all his events yesterday to assist the MACC.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 23, 2016, with the headline 'Anti-graft officers 'didn't raid home of Penang Chief Minister''. Print Edition | Subscribe