Questions raised over Penang undersea tunnel concession company

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  • Tuesday, 09 Apr 2019

PETALING JAYA: Questions have been raised over the concession company of the controversial Penang undersea tunnel project.

MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong (pic) asked if action will be taken against the company that was willing to fork out RM19mil to a businessman, allegedly to stop a graft probe.

“Withdrawing money with a false reason to the bank is an offence under AMLA (the Anti-Money Laundering, Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act),” he said in a Facebook post Tuesday (April 9).

Blogger Raja Petra Kamaruddin exposed leaked documents on his blog last month that alleged that several DAP leaders were implicated in the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) probe on the project.

Businessman G. Gnanaraja, who recently got his Datuk Seri title revoked by the Pahang palace, was last week charged with three counts of deceiving Consortium Zenith Construction Sdn Bhd managing director Zarul Ahmad Mohd Zulkifli into paying him RM19mil in three transactions between July and August 2017.

In return, Gnanaraja would help “settle” an ongoing investigation by anti-graft officers on Consortium Zenith, the main contractor for the RM6.3bil undersea tunnel project.

Five days later, Gnanaraja was slapped with 68 counts of money laundering involving RM11.4mil.

He has pleaded not guilty to all charges.

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