Gerakan urges calm over Penang CM’s arrest over corruption allegations Baljit: MACC fulfilling public expectation by taking necessary action after internal investigations

Press statement by
Chairman, Gerakan Central Bureau of Law and Human Rights
Dato’ Baljit Singh

June 30, 2016



Chairman of Gerakan Central Bureau of Law and Human Rights Dato’ Baljit Singh took note of the arrest of Chief Minister of Penang Lim Guan Eng and Ms Phang Li Khoon by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC). He said the law must take its course and everyone who violates the law of the land must answer before a court of law. 

Baljit was glad that after months of internal investigation and intense public discussion on the matter, MACC has decided to take necessary action. He said MACC is carrying out its institutional responsibilities as provided under the MACC Act 2009 and fulfilling public expectation for action and answer after proper investigations. He said that the legal process and rule of law must be upheld regardless of the gravity of the case. He also warned that prejudicial attitudes and behaviour of partisan affiliation must not prevail over legal sensibility.

Baljit who is a practicing lawyer himself said the principles of natural justice is guaranteed under the judicial system. He believed procedural fairness protects the rights and interests of both Lim and Phang will be ensured to enhance public confidence in the process.

“I call on all parties to remain calm and reflection on the part of DAP. Transparency and accountability must also be practiced and not just preached, the innocent have nothing to fear,” said Baljit.

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