KUALA LUMPUR, May 4 — The Attorney-General refuted today news reports that he had closed the case of the Penang chief minister’s former landlord, clarifying that he is still studying the matter.
Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali cited two reports today by theSundaily and The New Straits Times Online, which he said had reported that he had decided to end investigations into businesswoman Phang Li Koon over allegations of making a false declaration regarding the house she sold to the Penang chief minister.
“In relation to that, the Attorney-General’s Chambers wishes to stress that to date the Attorney-General has yet to make any decision regarding that case and it is still in the process of study and action of the Attorney-General,” he said in a brief two-paragraph statement.
Earlier today, Penang police was reported saying that the Attorney-General’s Chambers will not pursue the case against Phang and had decided several days ago that it required no further action.
“After investigations by police in Bukit Aman and Penang, the Attorney-General’s Chambers in Putrajaya has decided that the case of Phang Li Koon be classified as ‘NFA’,” Penang police chief Abdul Ghafar Rajab told reporters in Penang today.
A recording of the press conference was made available to Malay Mail Online.
Phang was investigated over the statutory declaration she made regarding the sale of her house in George Town to Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng for RM2.8 million, an amount which the latter’s political foes claimed was significantly below the property’s market value.
They also claimed that Phang was linked to a firm that successfully bid for state land in Taman Manggis.
Lim is still under investigation by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission over both sales.