Press Statement By Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng In Komtar, George Town On 15.10.2017.
There is a stronger basis for Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission(MACC) to arrest and investigate Deputy Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Hilmi Yahaya when he “intervened” in his own Ministry, as compared to Penang State EXCO member Phee Boon Poh who was arrested despite making a request to a department not under Phee’s EXCO portfolio. For this reason, MACC must immediately arrest and investigate Deputy Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Hilmi Yahaya for improperly “supporting” a fake dentist, Nur Farahanis Ezatty Adli, who was fined RM70,000 for practicing dentistry without a license, by appealing on her behalf.
In the interests of upholding the law to ensure there is fairplay and political neutrality without double-standards, MACC should arrest Hilmi to determine whether Hilmi had abused his powers in trying to “help” a bogus dentist who was practicing illegally. Why is Hilmi so afraid of my calls to MACC for an investigation that he has to make personal attacks against me? Has he got something to hide?
Dr Hilmi explained his situation differed from that of Phee, adding that Phee’s letters were a directive while his was merely seeking an explanation. Hilmi’s explanation is nonsensical because the Health Ministry would have to act when there is “intervention” from their own Deputy Health Minister, unlike Phee whose letter to the Majlis Perbandaran Seberang Perai(MPSP), where MPSPs not under Phee’s jurisdiction.
Hilmi had also lied in this case by initially denied that he or anyone from his ministry gave their support to an individual who was found guilty of practising dentistry without a licence. He finally admitted that he had forwarded the bogus dentist’s(Nur) appeal letter to the Health Ministry’s Oral Health Division director “for consideration”, citing his duty as Balik Pulau MP.
Hilmi admitted that a friend of his did come to see him about helping the woman. He reportedly said, “I was only doing my duty as an MP by acting upon an appeal letter submitted to me”. Phee was also doing his duty as a wakil rakyat, and yet he was arrested. Why then should Hilmi be exempt from arrest by MACC?
Hilmi said in his capacity as a member of parliament, he made a call to the ministry director general and asked whether the woman could be reprimanded with only a fine or a compound. Hilmi claimed, “I was only doing my duty as a Member of Parliament to help those who are seeking my assistance”.
What is even more suspicious is that in an Instagram post, Nur Farahanis had claimed that her “business” was approved and granted by the Health Ministry and expressed gratitude to both Dr Hilmi and his private secretary, Aziaan Ariffin. MACC must arrest Hilmi to investigate possible abuse of power of helping and “supporting” an illegal dentist to prove that MACC acts impartially and professionally against all politicians, whether from BN or Pakatan.
LIM GUAN ENG