Guan Eng likely to be slapped with two more graft charges next week, says source

PETALING JAYA: Former finance minister Lim Guan Eng will likely be slapped with two more graft charges at the Butterworth Sessions Court in Penang next week, says a source.

"He is likely to face charges related to the RM6.3bil Penang undersea tunnel project," added the source.

In August, the DAP secretary-general and Bagan MP was charged in Kuala Lumpur with soliciting a bribe from the company awarded the contract to undertake the controversial RM6.3bil project when he was the Penang chief minister.

Lim claimed trial to the charges under Section 16(a)(A) of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Act 2009.

According to the charge sheet, he is alleged to have sought 10% of the profits from Consortium Zenith Construction Sdn Bhd senior director Datuk Zarul Ahmad Mohd Zulkifli as an inducement to get the contract for the project. Zenith was awarded the project.

The offence was allegedly committed at a hotel along Lingkaran Syed Putra, Mid Valley City in March 2011.

Two days later, Lim was charged at the Butterworth Sessions Court with allegedly abusing his position as then Penang chief minister to assist Zarul's company to be appointed to undertake the construction of main roads and the undersea tunnel.

He was further charged with his wife Betty Chew Gek Cheng for using his position for gratification, related to a RM11.6mil project in Batu Kawan, which Chew had allegedly interests in.

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