KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) – Malaysia’s former finance minister pleaded not guilty Friday to two new corruption charges, saying the legal moves against him were politically motivated ahead of impending elections.
Lim Guan Eng was charged last month with three counts of corruption linked to his tenure as Penang state chief minister from 2008-2018, before he became finance minister. His lawyer wife is also accused of receiving unlawful proceeds linked to a Penang project.
Lim said two new charges against him Friday for misappropriating Penang state property worth 208.7 million ringgit ($50.2 million) were a desperate act timed ahead of Sept. 26 elections in Sabah state.
“It is completely baseless and politically motivated, and timed to tarnish my image and smear my reputation in the run-up to Sabah elections … and also maybe impending general elections,” he told a news conference after the hearing.
Lim was part of a reformist government ousted in March. Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin’s new