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Chronology of events leading to Lim Guan Eng’s arrest

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Following are the chronology of events leading to the arrest of Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng:

  • March 17, 2016: Tasek Gelugor MP Shabudin Yahaya, during a Dewan Rakyat sitting, urged the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to investigate the purchase of a bungalow at Jalan Pinhorn by Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng for RM2.8 million, deemed to be below market price.
  • March 18, 2016: Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng claimed that the purchase of the house in Jalan Pinhorn for RM2.8 million was made on a willing-buyer, willing-seller basis with its owner Phang Li Koon, without coercion from any party.
  • March 18, 2016: MACC began receiving reports on Lim’s purchase of a bungalow below market price from various quarters, including political parties and non-governmental organisations (NGOs).
  • March 19, 2016: Lim urged the MACC to expedite investigations into the purchase of his house in Jalan Pinhorn.
  • March 20, 2016: Lim invited the media to visit his bungalow in Jalan Pinhorn.
  • March 22, 2016: Phang Li Koon made a statutory declaration saying she sold the bungalow on a willing-buyer, willing-seller basis, which was agreed upon on June 23, 2014.
  • March 23, 2016: MACC received eight complaints from various parties on the the purchase of the bungalow by the chief minister.
  • April 1, 2016: Phang gave a statement to the police regarding the purchase of the bungalow by the chief minister at the Northeast District Police Headquarters.
  • April 2, 2016: Police complete investigation papers regarding Phang’s statutory declaration which allegedly contained false information.
  • April 17, 2016: MACC advised all parties not to issue any statement regarding the issue of Lim’s bungalow.
  • May 6, 2016: Lim and his wife Betty Chew, Phang and the Kuala Lumpur International Dental Centre (KLIDC) owner Datuk Tang Yong Chew recorded their statements with the MACC.
  • May 7, 2016: Lim was once again present at the Penang MACC office to record his statement pertaining the purchase of the bungalow.
  • May 22, 2016: MACC officers went to Lim’s house to take further statements regarding the purchase of the property.
  • May 25, 2016: The investigation papers against Lim Guan Eng were submitted to the attorney-general.
  • June 6, 2016: The investigation papers regarding the purchase of the bungalow by Lim were returned to the MACC for further probing.
  • June 29, 2016: Lim was arrested by the MACC on the 28th floor of the Komtar building at 5.45pm, while Phang was arrested at 4.15 pm, at her 6th floor office in Penang Garden.

- Bernama

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