Penang exco remanded five days to assist in illegal factory probe

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It says the application should be made in Penang as the remand order against the state Exco member was issued in the state.

The Alor Setar High Court dismissed today applications by Penang state executive councillor Phee Boon Poh (pic) and two suspects for release from a five-day remand in a corruption investigation on an illegal factory in Penang.

The remand, which begins today and end on Aug 16, was issued by Penang Magistrate's Court Registrar Ameera Mastura Khamis.

Judge Datuk Hashim Hamzah told the lawyers Sunday that application should be filed in Penang instead as it is the suitable "forum" for the matter.

Phee was also represented by lawyer Ram Karpal Singh while the other two were represented by Dev Kumaraendran.

At a press conference later after the verdict, Ramkarpal said he was disappointed with the outcome and would be filing the same application at the Penang High Court tomorrow.

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Phee and the two men are being investigated under Section 23 of the MACC Act 2009 for abuse of power for gratification.

Dr Norlela is now seen as the cause for Phee's arrest over her efforts to close down an illegal carbon filter factory in Sungai Lembu, Bukit Mertajam.

Phee, who is also Sungai Puyu assemblyman, was escorted by MACC officers into a vehicle at about noon to his service centre in Jalan Ong Yi How here.

MACC investigators have also questioned Seberang Perai Municipal Council Licensing Department director Mohd Faidrol Radzi and Enforcement Department director Nazri Abdul Wahab.

The commission had conducted a joint raid on the factory yesterday, together with officers from the Department of Environment and Immigration Department.

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