The DAP-led Penang government has been rocked by another graft scandal, this time caught on video.
Sungai Pinang assemblyman Siew Khim however denied of having any knowledge about her father, Keat Seong, soliciting bribes from potential buyers to cut queues to secure affordable housing units in Penang.
Siew Khim claimed that she was unaware of the incident until yesterday after a video on the alleged “graft” went viral in the social media.
“I am not 100 per cent sure what he (her father) is discussing in the video.
“Anyway, my father has no influence over the allocation of low cost housing,” she said, accusing Gerakan of “exposing’ it to divert attention from the party’s internal squabbles.
A tearful Swee Khim and her mother was at the press conference held her service centre.
In a typical DAP response, Siew Khim’s legal adviser, Seri Delima assemblyman RSN Rayer threatened to sue Gerakan if the party pursued the corruption allegation further.
Rayer warned those who tried to smear Siew Khim’s name that they would face the music.
“Gerakan’s attack is unfounded and without basis.
“Any attempt to link Siew Khim to corruption is uncalled for.
“If they continue to disparage her, we will take legal action,” he told newsmen.
However, Penang Gerakan anti-corruption and land sub-committee chief Hng Khoon Leng brushed aside Rayer’s threat as a typical standard operating procedure (SOP) of the DAP to cover up the party’s wrongdoings.
“The threat to sue is DAP’s SOP to stop expose that was detrimental to the party.
“DAP leaders should be ashamed of themselves for using such a method to subvert healthy democratic debate on corruption,” rebuked the Gerakan man.
Hng said Gerakan would definitely continue to raise the issue as it was a matter of public interest.
“We can’t just keep quiet after knowing what’s happening.
“We will definitely question this and we have received information on this matter earlier but did not have sufficient proof.
“Today, we have a video confirming this. We are now confident to say that most state housing projects involved corrupt practices,” he said.
Since yesterday, a five-minute video clip went viral in the social media, allegedly featuring Keat Seong, 68, dealing with some victims in an alleged bribery deal to obtain low cost houses in Penang.
Earlier today Gerakan aired the video clip, which is also accessible on Penang Kini Facebook page, at its office in Jalan Macalister, George Town.
Penang Gerakan vice-chairman Oh Tong Keong told a press conference later that the video clip showed that clients had come back to demand a refund of their money from Keat Seong for not fulfilling his promise to secure a housing unit.
“Keat Seong clients were told to pay RM260 for a form to secure the low cost affordable unit.
“Apparently, once money is paid, the unit must be confirmed.
“A dispute broke when Keat Seong’s clients ask him to return the money for failing keep his promise,” said Oh, adding that Keat Seong was commonly referred as ‘Uncle Lim’ by his clients.
Oh and Hng said these middlemen were depriving eligible and deserving applicants from owning affordable housing.
The duo advised those who paid to apply for state housing properties to lodge complaints with Gerakan immediately … Video