KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 22 ― Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng takes “serious offence” to insinuations that he had scandalised the courts or interfered with the administration of justice, his lawyer said today.
Gobind Singh Deo, who is representing Lim, also said that he has firm instructions from his client to resist the Attorney-General’s application to cite Lim for contempt of court in relation to the CM’s corruption case, after the High Court here granted the AG leave yesterday.
“The allegations against Lim Guan Eng are most serious in nature and have serious implications against him.
“We therefore reserve our client’s rights in the matter or matters connected with it in any event,” said Gobind in a statement.
National newswire Bernama reported that the AG has accused Lim of contempt of court for allegedly issuing statements that affected the administration of justice, eroded public confidence in the judicial system and questioned the dignity and integrity of the courts.
Lim claimed trial last June to two corruption charges over his approval of an application by Magnificent Emblem Sdn Bhd to convert a piece of land from agricultural to residential purpose, as well as over his purchase of his house from businesswoman Phang Li Koon at RM2.8 million, which was below the property’s market value of RM4.27 million.
Pakatan Harapan has claimed that the graft prosecution is a political conspiracy.