Saturday, 20 February 2010

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Saturday February 20, 2010
Lim: Zahrain would have ruined ‘perfect record’ in stamping out graft

GEORGE TOWN: Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said Bayan Baru MP Datuk Seri Zahrain Mohd Hashim could have ruined Penang’s “perfect record” in stamping out corruption.

Lim claimed that if the state had gone ahead and approved Zahrain’s request to award a Bukit Jambul Country Club tender to a RM2 private company, it would have become a case for the Malaysian Anti-Corrup-tion Commission (MACC).

“The state did not approve Zahrain’s request to give the tender to this company which was set up just two months before the tender was opened.

“In fact, I believe this company was set up for the sole intention of bidding for this tender.”

He said that since Pakatan Rakyat took over Penang two years ago, there had not been any cases of corruption involving state leaders.

“Of course, we have had reports lodged against us at the MACC, but these reek of lies and a political agenda and none has been found to be true by the commission,” Lim told reporters after attending Pengkalan Kota assemblyman Lau Keng Ee’s Chinese New Year open house at the Gat Lebuh Macallum flats yesterday.

Lim repeated his claim that Zahrain was disappointed when his request was rejected, which then led to his subsequent outbursts against Lim and later, his resignation from PKR.

“We can lose 10 million Zahrains but I will not jeopardise the interest of 1.5 million Penangites,” Lim said.

Zahrain has consistently denied these claims, citing dissatisfaction with Lim’s leadership of Penang as the main reason for quitting PKR.

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