The Inspector-General of Police, Tan Sri Abdul Hamid today apologised to DAP Secretary-General, Lim Guan Eng for his officer’s ‘oversight’ in fixing the recording of Lim’s statement on Christmas Eve.
Yesterday, the police had contacted Lim’s lawyer and MP for Puchong, Gobind Singh Deo to summon Lim for a police recording regarding two press releases made by the former Finance Minister in 2019. The original time and date for the police recording was for 10am on 24 December 2020 in Ibupejabat Daerah Timur Laut, Pulau Pinang.
Saya telah dimaklumkan oleh peguam saya dan Ahli Parlimen Puchong, Gobind Singh Deo bahawa pihak polis telah membatalkan…Posted by Lim Guan Eng on Tuesday, 22 December 2020
However, the police today retracted the order and changed the recording of Lim’s police statement to another date next year.
Lim, who is also the MP for Bagan said in a press statement today,
“The Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador had graciously apologised in a text message to me for his officer’s oversight in fixing the recording of my statement on Christmas Eve.”
In the same press statement, Lim also thanked Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador for his Christmas greetings to him and his family.
The police summoning of Lim Guan Eng for two of his press statements in 2019 is the latest of many political persecution acts by the present Perikatan Nasional (PN) government. Previously, the DAP-Secretary General was charged by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) for alleged corruption involving RM3.3 million relating to the tunnel and 3 highway projects in Penang.
Lim was charged even though this alleged RM3.3 million gratification was never found in his bank account or anywhere within his possession. This makes this perplexing charge most probably the first time in Malaysian history where a corruption charge is made when there is no gratification or corruption money. Worse, there weren’t even any audio or video recordings that allude to the alleged corruption.
Lim Guan Eng iterated in a press statement issued yesterday,
“I even questioned the MACC why they never asked me about the RM3.3 million gratification and had to force MACC officers to ask this question, which they know was never given to me.”
Such baseless basis for a charge raises serious questions of abuse of power by the PN government in that any person in Malaysia can be charged without needing to provide any evidence. Furthermore, even the previous BN administration had decided not to proceed with the charge due to the absence of any shred of evidence.
Lim further stressed that PN is carrying out political persecution and vengeance by weaponising enforcement agencies against opposition members. A desperate move by them to bolster the lack of Parliamentary majority held by Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin’s government. – The Rocket.