KUALA LUMPUR – Secretary-General of DAP, Lim Guan Eng alleged that the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) practices double standard after putting a ban on him to enter Sabah.
The Member of Parliament of Bagan was referring to the incident which happened at the Kota Kinabalu Airport last night, where he was approached by an Immigration officer who requested him to enter the immigration office after being issues a social visit pass at 11.54 pm.
According to Guan Eng, he gave his cooperation, waited for 20 minutes and asked the Immigration on what was happening.
“After waiting for 20 minutes, I asked him what the problem was. They alleged that the MACC had imposed a ban on me to enter Sabah. What is this? Isn’t this under the jurisdiction of the Sabah state government?” said Guan Eng in a Facebook post this morning.
The former Finance Minister was also puzzled on the motive of the ban against him in Sabah when other leaders such as former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak who is convicted and sentenced to 12 years in prison and RM210 million fine can enter the state without any problem.
He also cited the case of UMNO President, Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi who is currently being charged at the court but is also allowed to enter the land below the wind.
“Why am I being stopped from entering Sabah? Is this double standard,” he questioned.
He also said that the power to grant entry into Sabah to any citizen lies in the hands of the state government and not the federal government. He further questioned if the MACC’s action was another interference by the federal government towards the rights of the state government.
However, he said that after half an hour of waiting, he was allowed to enter Sabah.
“It’s alright. I will ask the Chief Minister Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal, if he did not want me to enter Sabah?” he said.
On 7 August, Guan Eng pleaded not guilty on the charged for instigating gratification amounting to 10 percent of the RM6.3 billion Penang undersea tunnel project from the Director of Konsortium Zenith Construction Sdn Bhd (KZCSB), Zarul Ahmad Mohd Zulkifli.
According to the charges, the offence was committed at the Gardens Hotel in Midvalley around 2011 when Guan Eng was the Chief Minister of Penang. –MalaysiaGazette