Lim fails to have Section 62 of MACC Act declared void
GEORGE TOWN: The High Court here yesterday dismissed a motion filed by Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng and businesswoman Phang Li Koon to declare Section 62 of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Act 2009 “unconstitutional”.
Judge Hadhariah Syed Ismail disagreed with their claim that Section 62 shifted the burden of proof from the prosecution to the accused.
“The burden of proof remains with the prosecution, and has not shifted to both the accused. No one is saying that both accused are not presumed innocent until proven guilty. The court will ensure both accused receive a fair trial. Having considered the act in its totality, there is no reason for the court to declare that it is unconstitutional... it is constitutional and valid.”
Both Lim and Phang were not present in court. They were represented by Gobind Singh Deo and Datuk V. Sithambaram, respectively.
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri (centre) at the meet-and-greet session with women in the public transportation industry in conjunction with International Women’s Day at the Pusat Bandar Damansara MRT station in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.