Guan Eng arrives at MACC for second round of questioning

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  • Saturday, 25 Jul 2020

Former finance minister Lim Guan Eng arriving at the MACC headquarters in Putrajaya on Saturday. -Samuel Ong/The Star

PUTRAJAYA: Former Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng has arrived at the Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission (MACC) headquarters here for another round of questioning at around 12.37pm.

Lim was scheduled to arrive at around 10am on Saturday (July 25) but arrived at around 12.37pm as he was delayed by nearly two hours as the car he was travelling in suffered a puncture near Ipoh.

He had said earlier on a post on his official Facebook page that he was travelling together with his lawyer, Jelutong MP RSN Rayer, and thanked PLUSRonda personnel for their help in his post.

Lim also said that Rayer also helped by directing traffic during the incident.

It was reported that after spending almost six hours with graft investigators on Wednesday (July 22), Lim was expected to be back for further questioning on the RM6.3bil Penang undersea tunnel project on Saturday.

Sources in the MACC said the former Finance Minister will be required to come for a second round of questioning.

Lim was the Penang Chief Minister from 2008 to 2018, and in a tweet he said that he would cooperate fully with the MACC investigation and thanked his supporters.

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

The MACC have also visited the offices of state Public Works, Utilities and Flood Mitigation Committee chairman Zairil Khir Johari and Deputy Chief Minister II Dr P. Ramasamy.

It is believed that the 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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