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Imagine Najib going in and out of MACC office to be questioned for 16 years and 4 months

Kit Siang does the math: Najib would be questioned 16 years, 4 months

DAP’s Lim Kit Siang today gave further mathematical explanation to predict how the prime minister should be treated in the event he is arrested for corruption, based on the bail money and duration of police investigation on Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng.

The DAP leader said Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s RM4.2 billion “donation scandal” was 1,500 times bigger than the amount of RM2.8 million surrounding Guan Eng’s purchase of a bungalow, for which the Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission (MACC) has charged him on two counts of corruption.

“If Najib is given the same MACC treatment as Guan Eng where the Penang Chief Minister was questioned for some 30 hours for four days, Najib will have to be questioned 1,500 x 4 days, yielding 6,000 days.

“This works out to 16.4 years – imagine Najib going in and out of MACC office to be questioned for 16 years and 4 months, from wake-up in the morning to retirement for sleep at night, and doing nothing else!” said Kit Siang in a statement today.

It comes a day after former minister Datuk Zaid Ibrahim said Najib would have to pay RM1 billion for bail, going by the High Court’s logic to impose a RM1 million bail on Guan Eng.

DAP managed to cough up the bail money after a 21-hour public donations drive launched on Thursday evening. By yesterday afternoon, the party announced the campaign a success with an extra RM9,000 collected as at 2pm.

Kit Siang also vowed to tour the country to hear from himself whether Guan Eng should resign as the Penang chief minister or take leave, during his trial.

Kit Siang said while Penang DAP had decided that Guan Eng would stay, he still would like to hear from the public.

“The Party has rightly taken a decision on the matter, but I will tour the country to hear views whether Guan Eng should resign as Penang Chief Minister or take leave facing corruption charges by the Najib government,” said Lim.

Lim and businesswoman Phang Li Koon were arrested by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) on Wednesday, over the purchase of his Pinhorn Road bungalow from Phang.

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.