PETALING JAYA: Although Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng has reiterated that not a single sen was paid for the feasibility study of the undersea tunnel, the fact remained that it was paid in kind, said Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong.
Dr Wee, who is MCA deputy president, said the crux of the problem was that the state government had no contractual nexus with the contractor.
“The state government can only hold the special purpose vehicle (SPV) liable, not the contractor.
“Don’t confuse the people with the SPV and the contractor. SPV means you can hold it liable.
“If a contractor is subsequently awarded by the SPV, that’s between the contractor and the SPV.
“If the SPV fails to pay the contractor, the contractor has no obligations (to construct),” he said.
He added that he had conducted a comprehensive research and he knew what happened.
“I welcome this project, but it must be carried out in a proper manner. This is what I want.
“Don’t blame others. If at all you need to blame somebody, it is your SPV that you appointed.
“They keep on delaying the report, not us. We have no say in the report and we’ve not even seen it,” said Dr Wee.
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