DAP's Lim is keeping silent on the legal job and Ching is prepared to reveal more. Graphics by Dayang Norazhar/The Mole)
KUALA LUMPUR: DAP MP for Segambut Lim Lip Eng has refused to comment on allegations that his firm secured a legal job from the Petaling Jaya City councillor eventhough the job was initially given to Messrs Daim and Gamany which won it through tender.
“This is a client privilege...I cannot comment on the matter without the client’s approval,’’ he said.
Lim was responding to questions from The Moleallegations levelled at him by MCA Youth chief Ching Eu Boon with regards to the council's legal job.
He said: “The Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) is my client and under solicitor rules, I am not authorised to speak about this legal matter to outsiders.”
Ching in a news report had supported his allegations against Lim with documents the former claims to proof that the allegations were not baseless.
Ching alleged that the contract which involved litigation work for a debt case is now being handled by Lim’s firm Messrs Stella, Lim, and Co.
The MCA Youth chief had alleged that on June 16, 2011 the MBPJ legislative sub-committee had met and decided to offer the job to Lim’s firm with a legal fee charge of RM55, 000.
He further alleged that the MBPJ councillor and DAP member Tiew Way Keng chaired the meeting and had misused her position to offer the job to Lim’s law firm which charged a much higher legal fee as opposed to the original RM15,000 fee offered by Messrs Daim and Gamany.
Ching claimed he received details on the case by sources from within the DAP with many of its members expressing dissatisfaction at the party’s leadership.
Lim also refused to comment further stating he does not know Ching.
A blog post at sangkakalajari9 urged the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to investigate the matter as it involved public funds.
When contacted, Ching said, “There is more to reveal on the case.”
Ching said he hoped the DAP leadership and MBPJ will take immediate action on the case.