Former Finance Minister of Malaysia Charged again in $1.5 Billion Worth Graft Case

Highlights

  • This is the second corruption charge against the Ex-Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng on the account of abusing his power as Penang Chief Minister during 2008-2018
  • Lim said that the charges were pointless and that they were politically motivated
  • Lim’s prosecution is an indication of possible early elections

Lim pleaded not guilty

Ex-Finance Minister of Malaysia, Lim Guan Eng, was incriminated with a second corruption charge on Monday for which he pleaded not guilty. The charge was linked to a $1.5 billion undersea tunnel project in the northern state of Penang which set in at the time when Lim was the Chief Minister.

The former Minister of Malaysia is now the leader of the key opposition group, the Democratic Action Party (DAP).

According to the charges, Lim was accused of misconducting his power during the time to obtain an amount of 3.3 million ringgit ($786,182) to help a local company to secure the construction contract. If found guilty, the offender can face up to 20 years of imprisonment and a huge fine under Section 23 (1) of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission.

A political warfare

Lim dismissed all the accusations against him and said that the charges against him were exclusively an act of political rivalry. The Bagan Member of Parliament pleaded not guilty to the charges read out before judge Ahmed Azhari Abdul Hamid.

The case of corruption has been circling around the democratic leader now for quite a long time after the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) seized power in 2018. Since then, authorities have launched a string of investigations into opposition politicians, journalists and activists.

His wife, Betty Chew, was also arrested by the anti-graft officials in Penang over a separate case.

The former Minister of Malaysia is now the leader of the key opposition group, the Democratic Action Party (DAP).

Lim is the latest government critic to be targeted since the party infamous for scandal came into power. Some political observers said that the legal proceedings against him is an indication of early elections.

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