A day after he was arrested at his office in Komtar, Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng struck a defiant chord by saying he would now be cowed by the latest charges against him.
“Barisan Nasional (BN) can humiliate me by unnecessarily detaining me overnight, but it will not succeed in changing white to black and black to white. Right cannot become wrong and wrong cannot become right.
“BN will not break my party’s unity — we stand together as leaders and members to battle for reforms towards a better Malaysia with freedom, justice and democracy,” he told a packed press conference today, hours after he was brought to the Sessions Court and later to the High Court.
Lim and businesswoman Phang Li Koon were arrested by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) yesterday, over the purchase of his Pinhorn Road bungalow from Phang.
Lim claimed trial to two charges.
He was charged for allegedly abusing his powers to approve a rezoning of land from agricultural to residential, to Magnificent Emblem. The offence carries a maximum jail term of 20 years and a fine of at least five times the total gratification.
He also pleaded not guilty to a charge of misusing his position as chief minister when he purchased his bungalow located at no. 25, Jalan Pinhorn for RM2.8mil from Phang, when the actual market value was RM4.27mil.
The DAP secretary-general said the arrest was an attempt to overthrow the DAP-led state government, but said it would not succeed.
“I will die standing than live on bended knees. A free Malaysia, a fair Malaysia, a prosperous Malaysia for all is worth fighting for!” said Lim.