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Penang Undersea Tunnel Project: MACC Records Statements From 12 Witnesses

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GEORGE TOWN – The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has so far recorded statements from 12 witnesses in connection with its investigation on alleged power abuse and misappropriation in the construction of the Penang undersea tunnel project.

MACC Deputy Chief Commissioner (Operation) Datuk Seri Azam Baki said the statements were recorded from officers at the State Finance Office, State Economic Planning Office, State Public Works Department , Land and Mines Office and a managing director of a company.

He also said the investigating team went to several offices at the Tun Abdul Razak Complex (Komtar) today to take additional documents on the project.

“We do not conduct raid at all places. At the government offices at Komtar, we visited the place and took documents, that is not a raid.

“But, there are several company premises and houses where we conduct raids. Overall, there are 12 places we visited and raided today,” he said when contacted here.

Questioned whether the MACC had recorded Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng’s statement, Azam said there was no need for it at the moment.

He also said no new arrest was made and the investigating team was in the process of recording statements from witnesses.

“I do not rule out the possibility of more arrest, perhaps after we have obtained new information and evidence through the statements recorded ,” he said.

Last Tuesday, the MACC raided several state government offices at the Tun Abdul Razak Complex (Komtar) and companies involved in the undersea tunnel project in Penang following a complaint by Parti Cinta Malaysia (PCM) vice-president Datuk Huan Cheng Guan,.

Yesterday, two individuals, both with the title “Datuk” and from a property development company, were ordered to be in remand for six days to facilitate investigation on the tunenl project.

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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