MACC zooms into housing graft scandal in Penang

 |Aug 31, 2016
MACC is probing on housing graft scandal involving father of DAP's Sungai Pinang assemblyman Lim Siew Khim.
MACC is probing on housing graft scandal involving father of DAP’s Sungai Pinang assemblyman Lim Siew Khim.

The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) is investigating the housing graft scandal that has rocked the DAP-dominated Penang government.

The scandal involved the father of Sungai Pinang DAP assemblyman Lim Siew Khim for allegedly soliciting bribes from people to get them low-cost and affordable housing units in Penang.

The commission is learnt had called up several people embroiled in the alleged graft, in which Siew Khim father, Keat Seong, was considered as the main player.

MACC is said had accumulated information from victims and those who had highlighted the video, civil servants in charge of housing and several Gerakan leaders.

A video clip featuring Keat Seong and several people involved in the alleged bribery dealing went viral in the social media for past few days.

Penang Gerakan has aired the video footage to media on Monday.

Its vice-chairman Oh Tong Keong said based on the ‘table talk’ conversation, which was carried out local Chinese dialect Hokkien, recorded in the video allegedly revealed some victims were demanding money from Keat Seong over a botched housing deal.

Oh said the party checks found that a man known as ‘Uncle Lim’ had allegedly promised potential house buyers to get them affordable units by jumping the queue for a “fistful of dollars.”

Oh said Gerakan would submit the video clip to Penang Governor Abdul Rahman Abbas for further action as the party had no confidence in the DAP-controlled state government in addressing the housing graft scandal.

The housing graft scandal exposed by Gerakan allegedly involving Sungai Pinang assemblyman Lim Siew Khim has rocked the DAP-helmed Penang government.
The housing graft scandal exposed by Gerakan allegedly involving Sungai Pinang assemblyman Lim Siew Khim has rocked the DAP-helmed Penang government.

Formerly a DAP office staff, Siew Khim, a first-term assemblyman and mother of five, has claimed that she was not aware of her father’s alleged housing dealings.

Following Gerakan exposure on Monday, a tearful Siew insisted that neither she nor her father had the power to influence the DAP-led Penang government to approve state housing applications.

State Town and Country Planning, and Housing Executive Councillor Jagdeep Singh Deo rubbished Gerakan’s claim that the state housing schemes were tainted with graft practices.

Meanwhile, The Star reported that MCA had called on the DAP to demonstrate its commitment and non-tolerance of corruption by taking harsher actions from within as exemplary to others and not ‘Nato’ (No Action Talk Only).

Party religious harmony bureau chairman Ti Lian Ker demanded DAP to live up to its ‘Competency, Accountability and Transparency’ (CAT) tagline

“In the past we have seen DAP ferociously highlighting isolated cases of abuse of power to project a ‘holier than thou’ image.

“Now that these practices are in their backyard, they no longer can pretend or remain silent,” Ti was reported as saying.

He also urged DAP to be consistent and demanded that Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng and Siew Khim resign pending court cases or to take leave pending investigations.