KUALA LUMPUR – The Kuala Lumpur Sessions Court allowed bail of RM1 milion on former Chief Minister of Penang, Lim Guan Eng after he pleaded not guilty on soliciting gratification to help a company to secure the Penang undersea tunnel project.
Judge Azura Alwi ordered him to pay RM500,000 today and the balance on next Monday. Besides that, the judge also ordered him to surrender his international passport to the court today.
Guan Eng was charged for soliciting gratification of 10 percent of the profit made by the company of Datuk Zarul Ahmad Mohd Zulkifli as an inducement for helping the company to obtain the development projects on the main roads and undersea tunnel in Penang.
The Member of Parliament of Bagan was charged for committing the offence at The Gardens Hotel, Lingkaran Syed Putra, Mid Valley City in March 2011. The charges against him were framed under Section 16 (a) (A) of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Act (MACC) 2009 and is punishable under Section 24 (1) of the same act.
Upon conviction, he could be jailed for no more than 20 years or fined RM10,000 or five times the amount of gratification, whichever is higher.
Guan Eng was represented by his counsels, Gobind Singh Deo, Ramkarpal Singh and RSN Rayer. Meanwhile the MACC was represented by prosecution team Wan Shaharuddin Wan Ladin, Ahmad Akram Gharib, Nik Haslini Hashim and Farah Yasmin Salleh.
Guan Eng appeared calm and was hugged by several DAP leaders who stood in solidarity with him. The case will be rementioned on 9 September. –MalaysiaGazette