KUALA LUMPUR: A Malaysian ex-finance minister and his wife were hit with corruption charges Tuesday, the latest episode in a crackdown against dissent since a scandal-plagued party returned to power, reports AFP.
Lim Guan Eng was a minister for nearly two years until the reformist government he was in collapsed in February, as a new pact led by former allies and political rivals took over.A former chief minister of the northern state of Penang from 2008 to 2018, Lim was charged with abusing his position to get 372,009 ringgit ($88,573) in gratification for his wife Betty Chew over a workers’ dormitory project.
Pleading not guilty at a court in the city of Butterworth on Tuesday, he said the accusations against him and Chew were “baseless and politically motivated”.
“...dragging my wife, I think this is an act of political vengeance against me,” he said in a press conference broadcast live on social media.
“I’m very upset. You want to go, go for me. Why do you want to go for my wife?”
Chew, a lawyer, was hit with three money-laundering charges, while a businesswoman was also charged with abetting Lim.