Penang DCM, exco summoned in undersea tunnel probe

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GEORGE TOWN — Deputy Chief Minister (II) P. Ramasamy and state executive councillor Lim Hock Seng have been called by the Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission (MACC) to assist in their probe into the RM6.3 billion undersea tunnel and three paired roads project.

It was learnt Lim visited the MACC headquarters along Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah yesterday morning to have his statement recorded.

Ramasamy confirmed he would provide his statement this morning.

“I will be accompanied by my lawyer Datuk Ajit Singh,” he said.

The questioning of Ramasamy and Lim is the latest development in the probe into the controversial project.

MACC had detained four senior company executives for questioning in its investigations into the case since last month, and conducted raids on various offices, including state government agencies.

The 7.2km tunnel, awarded to Consortium Zenith, is proposed to connect Gurney Drive on the island to Bagan Ajam in Butterworth as part of the Penang Transport Master Plan to ease traffic congestion in the state.

The feasibility studies for the tunnel were delayed for almost two years. In October, the consortium claimed there was no hurry to complete the studies as the project was only expected to start in 2023.

A MACC source previously said the investigation is focused on the RM305 million allegedly paid for the studies.