Press Statement By Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng In Komtar, George Town On 26.3.2016.
The Inspector-General of Police(IGP) Should Be Consistently Efficient By Applying The Same Standard Of Professional Diligence to Police Reports Against BN As They Apply Against Pakatan Harapan Leaders.
The unusually quick response of IGP Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar towards an UMNO Youth police report begs the question whether the IGP can be consistently efficient, by applying the same standards of professional diligence to police reports against BN as they apply against Pakatan Harapan leaders. The IGP had responded barely 48 hours after UMNO Youth lodged a report against Ms Phang Li Koon, who sold her house to me, allegedly for making a false statutory declaration (SD).
The IGP specifically said that I will be called as a witness. I will be happy to assist and co-operate, as I have nothing to hide. However, we have never seen such a speedy response to investigate or call the Prime Minister or Ministers as witnesses, when police reports are lodged against BN leaders over the 1MDB RM42 billion or the RM2.6 billion donation scandal. This only deepens suspicions that BN is mobilising its entire government machinery against me.
UMNO Youth claimed to have evidence that Ms Phang has business dealings with the Penang state government. They cited a company which she owns 20%, being listed in the directory for employment agencies of the InvestPenang website. What UMNO Youth fails to mention is that the company mentioned is not the only company listed, but one of the 30 employment agencies listed.
There are also many other lists for auditors, banks, architects, construction companies and others. InvestPenang merely publicised the names and services of many companies operating in Penang, and these companies do not necessarily have any business dealings with the Penang government. Any company can apply to be listed in the Directory, which is similar to a mini Yellow Pages.
Unless the state government is looking for foreign workers, there is no need for the Penang state government to seek out Ms Phang’s services. The Penang state government does not employ foreign workers as a matter of policy. We had even terminated the privatisation of rubbish collection in Majlis Perbandaran Seberang Perai because they were employing foreign workers, and replaced them with 2,500 local Malaysian workers. Can BN do the same? Will Ms Phang and myself be given the right to be investigated fairly, impartially and professionally?
LIM GUAN ENG