Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng questioned why MACC is leaking information to the media on its various stages of investigations into the project. — Picture by Sayuti ZainudinGEORGE TOWN, Feb 13 — Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng has accused the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) of trying to “frame” the Penang state government in its investigations into the state's RM6.30 billion undersea tunnel and three paired roads project.
He questioned why MACC is leaking information to the media on its various stages of investigations into the project including information on state exco Lim Hock Seng being called in for questioning today.
“Is MACC a secret weapon of Barisan Nasional to run down the state government with baseless allegations?” he asked in a press conference at his office today.
He claimed MACC seemed to be “leaking information” in its investigations into the project such as the alleged millions of ringgit in kickbacks that some government officials had allegedly received from the project.
“Today, when an exco member was called in to give statement at 9am, why did they make this known to the press? Are they carrying out investigation or political persecution?” he asked.
This morning, state exco Lim Hock Seng went to the MACC headquarters in Penang to have his statement recorded in relations to the undersea tunnel project.
Deputy Chief Minister II P.Ramasamy was also asked to go in to have his statement recorded tomorrow morning.
Guan Eng said he has told all state excos to give full cooperation to MACC in its investigations into the project.
“We have nothing to hide. If they want to frame us, we will fight them all the way in court,” he said.
He pointed out that MACC started investigating the project in 2016 and it has already been two years but investigations is still ongoing.
“This is an open tender project, how can open tender be corrupt?” he said, referring to the RM6.3 billion undersea tunnel project.
The controversial 7.2km undersea tunnel, which was awarded to Consortium Zenith, was proposed to connect Gurney Drive on the island to Bagan Ajam in Butterworth as part of the state’s Penang Transport Master Plan to ease traffic congestion in the state.
The three paired roads will be implemented in three packages which is to connect Tanjung Bungah to Teluk Bahang, Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu Expressway to Air Itam and Gurney Drive to Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu Expressway.
The construction of the undersea tunnel is expected to start in 2023 while works on the three paired roads are supposed to be carried out in stages between this year up to 2025.