MACC to further quiz Guan Eng


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  • Thursday, 23 Jul 2020

PUTRAJAYA: After spending almost six hours with graft investigators, Lim Guan Eng is expected to be back again for further questioning on the RM6.3bil Penang undersea tunnel project on Saturday.

Sources in the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) said the former Finance Minister will be required to come for a second round of questioning.

“We are not done. There are still several more things that we need to question him, ” said a source.

The controversial project is again being probed by the anti-graft authority following fresh leads.

Lim served as Penang Chief Minister from 2008 till 2018.

Jelutong MP RSN Rayer, who is Lim’s lawyer, said the latter was unwell and had obtained an MC for two days.

“However, since he had received the notice from MACC, Lim came anyway. He has been asked to come back on Saturday, ” he said.

Rayer also confirmed that Lim’s statement was regarding the Penang undersea tunnel project.

Earlier, Lim, accompanied by Puchong MP Gobind Singh Deo and Rayer, arrived at the MACC headquarters around 1.05pm after being summoned by investigators.

He left at 7.13pm without speaking to reporters.

In a tweet, Lim said he would cooperate fully with the MACC investigation and thanked his supporters.

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.

MACC had 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.

It is believed that MACC is looking into allegations that the state government allowed the Penang Tunnel special purpose vehicle (SPV) company to pre-sell state land rights worth RM3bil despite a four-year delay in the construction of roads.Investigators are also believed to be looking into the feasibility and detailed design studies that have yet to be completed, even though payment of RM220mil was allegedly made to the SPV.

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