GEORGETOWN — August 11, 2017: Penang state executive councillor Phee Boon Poh was today detained by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) relating to investigations on a factory allegedly operating illegally in Sungai Lembu, Bukit Mertajam for the past 10 years.
Phee was detained while giving his statement at the Penang MACC office. He had gone there with his lawyer R.S.N. Rayer after his office at Komtar was raided by the agency before lunch.
Rayer said Phee, the Sungai Puyu assemblyman, would probably be taken to court tomorrow for a remand order.
Five MACC officers spent about an hour at Phee’s office and seized some documents. Officers had also searched his house in Butterworth earlier.
Yesterday they also seized documents from the Seberang Perai Municipal Council headquarters in Bandar Perda.
According to sources, the documents were on a wood processing factory that had allegedly been operating on agricultural land for more than 10 years without a permit.
The issue concerning the factory was raised by Penanti assemblyman Dr. Norlela Ariffin during the recent state assembly sitting.
She claimed that no action had been taken by the DAP-led state government against the many illegal factories in Penanti, some of which did even comply with safety guidelines and environmental procedures
Apart from Phee, two company directors who are also owners of the factory, have also been detained. — Bernama