MACC detains Penang executive councillor

Earlier, Penang executive councillor Phee Boon Poh was arrested while giving his statement at the MACC headquarters in Northam Road here at 3.35pm.

MACC officers also visited his office in Komtar as well as his house in Butterworth, where they carted away several documents.

The five MACC officers arrived at Phee’s office at 11.30 am and as of now, the raid is still on-going.

The trio will be brought to the magistrate’s court for remand tomorrow. “The state Environment Committee chairman had said that the factory was burning 2,000 tonnes of sawdust monthly to be turned into activated carbon for water filter”, she said.

“I have no idea why he is being detained, he has come to the MACC headquarters on his own and now they say he has to be detained”, he told reporters outside the MACC office today.

Meanwhile, a candlelight vigil has been organised outside the MACC office at 9.30pm, following Phee’s arrest.

Yesterday morning, the MACC confiscated documents from the Seberang Perai Municipal Office in Bandar Perda to help in investigations into the case.

The issue concerning the illegal factory was raised by the Penanti assemblyman Dr Norlela Ariffin during the recent state assembly sitting.

MACC deputy chief commissioner (operations) Azam Baki confirmed the raid yesterday but did not reveal other details.

He said Phee would be remanded tomorrow to facilitate further investigations into the alleged abuse of power case under Section 23 of the MACC Act 2009, which provides for a maximum imprisonment of 20 years and fine of RM10,000 or five times of the amount involved, whichever is higher, if convicted.

The two are the factory’s manager and director, aged 37 and 70 respectively.

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