GEORGE TOWN, Aug 12 2017 : Penang state executive councillor Phee Boon Poh has been remanded for five days until Aug 16 to assist investigations on a factory allegedly operating illegally in Kampung Sungai Lembu, Bukit Mertajam for the past 10 years.
The remand order was issued by Assistant Registrar Ameera Mastura Khamis after the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) filed an application at the Magistrate’s Court here today.
However, Phee’s lawyers would file an application to challenge the remand order.
The court also issued a five-day remand order against a father and son, aged 70 and 37 respectively, who are the director and manager of the factory.
Phee and the two men, who were handcuffed and in lockup attire, arrived at the court compound at 10.10 am in three vehicles accompanied by MACC officers.
Phee, 66, and the two men are being investigated under Section 23 of the MACC Act 2009.
Lawyers R.S.N Rayer and Ramkarpal Singh are representing Phee, while the two men are represented by counsel Dev Kumaraendran.
Rayer said they would file an application to challenge the five-day remand order against their client at the Penang High Court today.
A few Penang state executive council members and assemblymen, together with their supporters, some carrying banners, gathered at the court compound in a show of support.
Phee was arrested at 3.35 pm yesterday while giving evidence at the MACC Penang office with Rayer after five MACC officers visited his office on the 53rd floor, Komtar building at 11.30 am.
As for the man and his son, the older one was detained at 6.05 pm while his son was arrested at 6.25pm yesterday, also at the Penang MACC office.
Last Thursday, the MACC raided an illegal sawdust factory believed to be polluting the environment in Kampung Sungai Lembu, Bukit Mertajam.
The MACC also seized several documents from the Seberang Perai Municipal Council (MPSP) office in Perda City, Bukit Mertajam.
According to a source, the documents were to assist in investigations on the sawdust factory allegedly operating without a permit for the last 10 years on agricultural land.
The issue relating to the illegal plant was raised by Parti Keadilan Rakyat Penanti assemblyman Dr Norlela Ariffin during a state assembly sitting.
She claimed that many illegal plants were operating in Penanti and no action was taken by the DAP-led state government. – Bernama