Guan Eng Summoned to MACC HQ over Penang Undersea Tunnel Project

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Former Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng has been called in by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), likely over the controversial RM6.3bil Penang undersea tunnel project.


He arrived at MACC headquarters at 1.05pm on Wednesday (July 22), accompanied by Puchong MP Gobind Singh Deo and Jelutong MP RSN Rayer.

Lim served as Penang Chief Minister between 2008 and 2018.

Graft investigators have so far questioned close to a dozen people over the case.

This includes Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow and state exco members Jagdeep Singh Deo, Chong Eng, and Phee Boon Poh.

The MACC has also visited the offices of state Public Works, Utilities and Flood Mitigation Committee chairman Zairil Khir Johari and Deputy Chief Minister ll Dr P Ramasamy on the 52nd floor of Komtar.

The controversial RM6.3 billion Penang undersea tunnel project is again being probed by the anti-graft authority following fresh leads.

It is believed that the MACC is looking into why the state government allowed the Penang Tunnel special purpose vehicle (SPV) company to pre-sell state land rights worth RM3 billion despite a four-year delay in the construction of roads.

Investigators are also believed to be looking into the RM305 million feasibility and detailed design studies that have yet to be completed, even though payment of RM220 million had been made to the SPV.

Allegations of corruption in the project were first raised by Malaysia Today blogger Raja Petra Kamarudin, a former member of PKR and supporter of the opposition against Barisan Nasional.

He alleged in February and March 2019 that Lim, who was then Penang chief minister, and four other Penang exco members, had committed “criminal collaboration”, including receiving kickbacks in relation to the project.

Lim, who has denied the allegations, won his defamation suit against Raja Petra in late February.

Penang and state DAP have said that no corrupt act was committed as the project was awarded through open tender.

The last person MACC detained in relation to its investigation into the project was former Penang Port Commission chairman Jeffrey Chew Gim Ean, who was remanded for four days earlier this month.

On hearing the news that Lim would be questioned, the media came in droves to camp out at MACC.