Guan Eng fears – “Sexual harassment nothing doing with DAP”

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KUALA LUMPUR  –  The arrest of a senior state official’s aide in an anti-graft sting has nothing to do with the Penang government, Lim Guan Eng said, but added that his adminstration is keeping a close watch on the matter.

The Penang chief minister stressed the Pakatan Rakyat state does not tolerate corruption will crack down on the person found guilty.

“We are investigating this… it has nothing to do with government duties, it is personal, it has to be dealt accordingly by the DCM who will report to me on it,” Lim told The Malaysian Insider yesterday.

“We will not compromise on corruption, we will take stern and firm  action.”

The first-term chief minister introduced Competency, Accountability and Transparency (CAT) principles as a foundation to his administration shortly after taking office in Election 2008.

A 56-year-old aide to Datuk Dr Mansor Othman, Penang’s Deputy Chief Minister I (DCM I), was among three men nabbed by anti-graft officials over a RM30,000 bribery attempt, newspapers reported yesterday.

The unnamed men were suspected to have offered the money as inducement to a woman to drop a sexual harassment complaint lodged against a top civil official, The Sunday Star reported.

The woman had lodged a report with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), who waited for the transaction to take place before moving in to arrest the three men in a Seberang Jaya restaurant on January 3, the English-language paper reported, citing an unnamed source close to the investigation.

The Sunday Star reported the aide to be a PKR office bearer in Permatang Pauh, which is held by Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

Malay broadsheet Mingguan Malaysia also reported an unnamed source close to the investigation as saying the aide had witnessed the transaction between two men, one who is said to be a 52-year-old district officer and the other, a bank officer.

“The report did not mention the aide’s name, so I do not want to comment for fear of giving the wrong facts,” PKR supreme councillor Datuk Johari Abdul told The Malaysian Insider when contacted.

The Malaysian Insider was unable to reach Mansor or PKR secretary-general Datuk Saifuddin Nasution Ismail for comment.  -malaysianinsider