Leave given for contempt action against Lim
KUALA LUMPUR: The High Court yesterday granted leave to the attorney-general to initiate committal proceedings against Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng over his statements in relation to his corruption case.
Judge Datuk Hanipah Farikullah made the decision in chambers after hearing submissions by senior federal counsel Datuk Amarjeet Singh, who represented AttorneyGeneral Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali.
Also present were senior federal counsel Suzana Atan, Shamsul Bolhassan and Alice Yoke.
Speaking to reporters later, Amarjeet Singh said the court granted leave to the AG to commit Lim for contempt of court for making allegations that he (AG) had scandalised the courts and interfered with the administration of justice.
“It is over certain statements that Lim made in a press statement after he was charged that appeared on social media,” he said, adding that he will file the court papers in relation to the committal proceedings against Lim within two weeks.
The AG, as the plaintiff, had filed an exparte originating summons regarding the matter on Aug 18 and had named Lim as the defendant.
In it, the AG had sought leave for the committal proceedings to have Lim jailed for contempt of court for allegedly issuing statements in the print and/or social media which were detrimental to the administration of justice, leading to an erosion of the people’s confidence in the judicial system which questioned the dignity and integrity of the courts. – Bernama