GEORGE TOWN: The Penang state government through its executive councillors (exco) meeting today has approved a special application by the exco that was remanded by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) recently, to go on medical leave.
Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said the exco has been given medical leave until August 21 to “heal from the three-day remand episode” which he claimed was done unlawfully.
Lim said the exco will resume duties after his medical leave and provide explanation on the Kampung Sungai Lembu illegal factory issue.
“He will explain everything on the illegal factory issue said to have been allowed to operate over ten years.
“The State Executive Council wholeheartedly believes that our exco is not involved in corruption and doesn’t have any importance in any form with any family members or relative having to do with the factory,” Lim told a press conference here today.
He said that the exco involved will provide full cooperation with the MACC according to the law and stated that all his state executive council leaders are prepared to be called by the MACC if need be and will neither avoid nor hide.
“He (the state exco) was only carrying out his duty as a state exco based on state policies .
“The state government has decided not to take immediate action against all buildings, non-Muslim prayer centres, structures and hawkers inherited by the previous BN (Barisan Nasional) administration through demolition unless it causes traffic obstruction.
“This approach has been used due to a win-win situation,” added Lim.
Lim also expressed disappointment with BN and PAS for failing to understand the policy and accused both parties of politicising the issue.
On Friday, the exco along with the factory manager and director, were detained by MACC to assist into investigations into the illegal factory.
Initially the MACC obtained a five-day remand order against the exco and the two other suspects on Saturday but it was struck out by the Penang High Court on Monday.
The MACC together with the Department of Environment (DOE) raided the illegal carbon filter factory in Sungai Lembu last week following complaints from residents. – MO