KUALA LUMPUR: Former Penang chief minister Lim Guan Eng did not make any declaration to the state executive council that he had discussed the Penang undersea tunnel with the director of the company that eventually won the tender for the project, the Kuala Lumpur Sessions Court heard on Monday (Aug 16).
The third witness in Lim's graft trial, Datuk Lim Hock Seng, acknowledged this when asked if Guan Eng, also DAP secretary-general, declared this to the council before Jan 26, 2011.
Hock Seng, who is a former Penang state executive councillor, said that Guan Eng did say that a private company had indicated an interest in the project.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Wan Shaharuddin Wan Ladin had questioned Hock Seng if Guan Eng had made a declaration to the council about meeting Consortium Zenith Construction Sdn Bhd senior executive director Datuk Zarul Ahmad Mohd Zulkifli or Beijing Urban Construction Group (BUCG) representative Lee Chee Hoe.
Hock Seng also said Guan Eng had mentioned a few times before that the project should be awarded via an open tender.
In his witness statement that he finished reading on Monday, Hock Seng said the state executive council agreed with each of Guan Eng's proposals in relation to the project and no one had ever objected to them.
"I can confirm that all decisions of the (exco) meetings were reached collectively," he said.
During cross-examination by Guan Eng's lawyer Gobind Singh, Hock Seng denied that he received RM50,000 from Zarul Ahmad.
"I never received anything from him," he said.
Guan Eng, 60, is facing four corruption charges involving the construction of an undersea tunnel and paired roads project in Penang.
For the first amended charge, the Bagan MP is charged with using his position as then Penang chief minister to corruptly receive RM3.3mil to help Zarul Ahmad's company to secure the project in Penang worth RM6,341,383,702.
The offence was allegedly committed between January 2011 and August 2017 at the Penang Chief Minister's office.
For the second amended charge, Guan Eng is charged with soliciting 10% of profits from Zarul Ahmad to help the company be appointed for the same project.
Guan Eng was charged with committing the offence near The Gardens Hotel, Lingkaran Syed Putra, Mid Valley City here in March 2011, between 12.30am and 2am.
The former finance minister was also charged with two counts of causing two lots of land owned by the Penang state government worth RM208.8mil to be disposed of by the developer linked to the undersea tunnel project.
The offences were allegedly committed at the Penang Land and Mines Office, Komtar on Feb 17, 2015 and March 22, 2017.