Bersih: Lim Guan Eng's Acquittal Is Why Malaysia Judiciary And MACC Need Reforms – Despite These Recommendations In Pakatan's Manifesto, Harapan Have Not Take Any Action To Implement

“Public concern over the case stems from the suspicion of it being politically motivated during Barisan Nasional’s rule before the 14th General Election. Bersih added that the MACC must be made a constitutional body, with the appointment of its members being made transparently. “This would ensure the anti-corruption body is free from external interference and does not become a tool of persecution against political enemies,” it said. Bersih urged the government to implement its recommendations without further delay, adding that they had been making these demands since the Bersih 4.0 rally in 2015. “Despite these recommendations being included in Pakatan’s election manifesto, we have not seen any action taken by the new government thus far to implement these crucial institutional reform measures. “Bersih 2.0 urges the government to start taking actions to implement these recommendations without further delay. “This is the only way for the new government to convince the public that it has the political will and is committed to the institutional reforms that it promised to voters,” it said. On Monday (Sept 4), the Penang High Court acquitted Lim, the former Penang chief minister, and Phang on corruption charges over issues concerning a conversion of land status and the purchase of a bungalow below market value. High Court judge Justice Hadhariah Syed Ismail acquitted both accused and decided the charges be dropped despite the prosecution only proposing a discharge not amounting to an acquittal. The duo’s acquittal has opened up a barrage of criticism from civil society organisations, the MACC, and Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, all of whom expressed shock over the decision.  

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