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Penang Undersea Tunnel: Company Executive Director In Remand

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PUTRAJAYA – The Magistrate’s Court here today issued a six-day remand order on a senior executive director of Consortium Zenith Construction Sdn Bhd for investigation into alleged corruption in the construction of the Penang undersea tunnel project.

Magistrate Fatina Amyra Abdul Jalil issued the order against the 59-year-old director, who has the title “Datuk”, following an application by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).

He would be in remand until Jan 15.

According to MACC, the man was detained at 8.45 pm yesterday when he went to the commission’s office here to give his statement.

He was detained following raids conducted by MACC at several state government offices at the Tun Abdul Razak Complex (Komtar) and companies in Penang yesterday in connection with the commission’s investigation on the undersea tunnel project.

The raid by the commission yesterday included at the Public Works Department in Sungai Pinang, the State Scerertary’s office, Land and Mines office and Valuation and Property Services Department,as well as the company offices of Ewein-Zenith, 555 Capital Diamond Valley Industrial Park and Consortium Zenith Construction.

MACC deputy chief commissioner (operation) Datuk Seri Azam Baki, when contacted by Bernama yesterday, said the raids were carried out following a complaint by Parti Cinta Malaysia (PCM) vice-president Datuk Huan Cheng Guan.

Last Jan 5, Huan lodged a report with the MACC in Putrajaya and submitted what he claimed was fresh evidence on the RM15 billion undersea project for investigations into abuse of power or corruption in the bidding for the project.

The 7.2km project, which connects Persiaran Gurney to Bagan Ajam in Seberang Perai and three major roads, was awarded to Konsortium Zenith BUCG Sdn Bhd, which is made up of several companies.

The project has been engulfed in controversies including the high cost of implementation, payment involved the the land conversion, as well as protests from residents over the project due to its economic, social and environmental impact. – BERNAMA

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