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Syed Saddiq also wants AGC to explain Guan Eng's acquittal

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Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman has joined the chorus of voices asking for the Attorney-General's Chambers (AGC) to explain the dropping of graft charges against Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng.

In a tweet, the youth and sports minister said: "The AGC must explain to the public why the cases involving LGE (Lim) were dropped.

"I will continue fighting for a system where the MACC is given prosecution powers and lesser powers in the hands of the attorney-general," he said.

Yesterday, Permatang Pauh MP Nurul Izzah Anwar had also tweeted for an explanation from the AGC. 

"The Attorney-General's Chambers must come forward to provide an explanation," she said.

Responding to a tweet which posted the link to a 2013 news report of her asking for the MACC to be given the power to prosecute, as the AGC had allegedly failed to do so, Nurul Izzah further said: "Thanks for reminding. I reiterate my stand today. We want, and need, a reform to the system."

Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Mohamad Hanipa Maidin, who is in charge of law, responded to Nurul Izzah, saying there is no requirement under the law for the AG to explain Lim's acquittal. 

He also disagreed with giving MACC prosecution powers, as the commission's duty, like the police's, is to investigate, and it would go against good practice if given powers to prosecute.

Yesterday, the  High Court in Penang acquitted Lim, who is the former Penang chief minister, on two graft charges over the alleged conversion of the  status of a plot of state land and the purchase of a bungalow at below market value. 

The court also acquitted businessperson Phang Li Koon from the charge of abetting Lim in obtaining the bungalow at an undervalued cost.

This came after the AGC accepted the representations from their lawyers.

The MACC has said that it was "very shocked" that the graft charges against Lim and Phang were dropped, and clarified that the decision was the AGC's and not its own. 

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