GEORGE TOWN: A Penang state executive councillor (exco) has been detained by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) here today.
The exco was detained after having turned up at the state MACC headquarters along Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah to give a statement, and is expected to be remanded at the George Town Sessions Court tomorrow morning.
The exco who is also a DAP assemblyman arrived at about 2.45pm accompanied by his lawyer R.S.N Rayer to give a statement believed to be regarding yesterday’s raid carried out by the MACC on an illegal factory in Kampung Sungai Lembu, Penanti.
At about 11.30am this morning, a group of about five MACC officers were at the exco’s office on the 53rd floor of the state government building in Komtar before leaving with some documents about an hour later.
Yesterday, MACC personnel also seized documents relating to the factory from the Seberang Prai Municipal Council (MPSP).
Meanwhile, R.S.N Rayer said he had not obtained clear information on his client’s arrest.
He told reporters outside the MACC office that they will try to get the exco released tonight.
Previously, the MACC together with other enforcement agencies raided the factory after receiving complaints from villagers who feared for their safety because of the fumes emitted from the factory.
It is learnt that the factory processes carbon filters and has been in operations for the past decade.
The villagers claimed that the factory sits on a piece of agricultural land in an oil palm estate.
The operation against the illegal factory which began a few days ago also involved officers from the Immigration Department, Department of Environment (DOE) and Inland Revenue Board (IRB). – MO