ALOR STAR: The Kedah High Court here declined to review an application for a remand order against Penang Environment, Welfare and Caring Society Committee chairman Phee Boon Poh, who is being held to facilitate investigations in a case involving an illegal carbon filter factory.

Judge Datuk Hashim Hamzah also declined to do so for the remand orders against the 35-year-old director and 70-year-old manager of the factory.

“It is my opinion that the review application should be filed in Penang as it is the suitable forum for this matter,” he said in a brief judgment.

The applications were filed by Ramkarpal Singh and R. S. N. Rayer for Phee while Dev Kumareandran acted for the other two.

Ramkarpal told the High Court it had jurisdiction since the Malayan High Courts possessed jurisdiction for all West Malaysian states but Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) deputy public prosecutor A. Hafiizh Abu Bakar told the court the matter should be raised in Penang as the case originated there.

Ramkarpal said he will take the case to the Penang High Court today.

Phee was detained by MACC last Friday and a five-day remand order was obtained against him the following day at the court in Penang.

He was detained after several federal enforcement agencies led by the MACC raided the factory near Kampung Sungai Lembu in Bukit Mertajam, Penang, on Aug 10.

The anti-graft agency also detained and remanded two personnel of the factory to facilitate investigations.

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

Investigators are focusing on why no action was taken against the facility after being in operation for some 15 years.

Phee was taken by MACC personnel today to his service centre in Jalan Ong Yi How at about 12.20pm as part of investigations.

In another development, PKR Penang chief Datuk Mansor Othman denied that state party members had been treating its Penanti assemblyman Dr Norlela Ariffin like a criminal following Phee’s arrest.

Norlela, in a Facebook posting, had thanked the MACC.

He said the party had not called her to explain herself nor will it advise her to behave properly on the issue.

Norlela had expressed disappointment after claiming that she was being blamed for the arrest of Phee following her efforts to close down the illegal carbon filter factory.

Meanwhile, sources revealed that the MACC raided three locations, namely Phee’s two houses and an office in Penang between 11am and 5pm to retrieve evidence related to the case.

It is learnt that the MACC has also summoned three Seberang Prai Municipal Council officers to record their statements and expects to call up more witnesses soon.

MACC deputy chief commissioner (operations) Datuk Azam Baki confirmed the above but declined to comment further.

Meanwhile, sources revealed that the MACC raided three locations, namely Phee’s two houses and an office in Penang between 11am and 5pm to retrieve evidence related to the case.

It is learnt that the MACC has also summoned three Seberang Prai Municipal Council officers to record their statements and expects to call up more witnesses soon.

MACC deputy chief commissioner (operations) Datuk Azam Baki confirmed the above but declined to comment further.



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