Parti Cinta Malaysia’s Datuk Huan Cheng Guan, also pointed out that former Selangor chief ministers from BN — the late Datuk Seri Harun Idris, and Tan Sri Muhammad Taib, who is now with PKR — had stepped down after they were charged in court.
Harun, the longest serving Selangor mentri besar, resigned in 1976 when he was charged with corruption and abuse of state funds. He was sentenced to six years’ jail.
Muhammad resigned in 1997 when he was charged in Australia over currency irregularities, but he was found not guilty, while another former Selangor mentri besar from BN, Dr Mohamad Khir Toyo, stepped down as state opposition leader when he was charged with corruption in 2010.
But despite this, DAP’s Penang chapter and national leadership have agreed that it was not necessary for Lim to leave the state helm as he has no control over the prosecution in his case.
Lim was charged with abuse of power and corruption at the Penang High Court on Thursday over the alleged approval of a rezoning application by Magnificent Emblem to convert agricultural land to residential, as well as over his purchase of his RM2.8 million house from Phang Li Koon at below market value of RM4.27 million.
Lim, who claimed trial to two corruption charges, faces a jail term of not more than 20 years and a fine of five times the value of gratification or RM10,000 ,whichever is higher, if convicted for the first charge and up to two years’ imprisonment, a fine and forfeiture of property upon conviction for the second charge.
Penang DAP and the DAP national leadership have labelled the corruption charges as political persecution and insisted that Lim need not resign or take leave from his position.
Datuk Huan Cheng Guan
Vice President Parti Cinta Malaysia
July 3, 2016