3 March 2019
Corruption claims ‘ridiculous lies’, says Guan Eng
GEORGE TOWN: Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng today rubbished claims that he was involved in a corruption scandal in connection with the undersea tunnel and roads project in Penang, calling them “ridiculous lies”.
He said Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad had also called the allegations on the blog a lie, while the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) had lodged a police report against the blogger, Raja Petra Kamaruddin.
“I think in Penang, you all know this (project) was conducted through an open tender.
“So, how can there be corruption when there is an open tender?” the former chief minister told reporters after opening the “I Love Penang” run here this morning.
Lim said the previous Barisan Nasional administration had also investigated the project and did not take any action.
It was reported that key officials in the project were arrested but were not charged.
Lim said even a PAS leader made a similar allegation against him but later withdrew his statement in court.
“There was a suit by me against PAS’ Nasrudin (Hassan Tantawi) after he made a similar allegation and he withdrew his statement, expressed regret and even paid me legal fees of RM10,000.
“Those who try to raise this matter must not only look at the facts but this court case as well … you got to take this into account,” he said.
Raja Petra had recently published several blog posts on the MACC investigation papers into the tunnel and roads project, estimated to cost RM6.3 billion.
2 March 2019
MACC lodges police report after RPK’s tunnel project allegations
PETALING JAYA: The Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission has lodged a police report over leaked investigation papers.
This followed news that political blogger Raja Petra Kamarudin had allegedly made an expose based on leaked documents on the Penang undersea tunnel project.
“The papers alleged that several DAP leaders, including Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng, received kickbacks from the contractor.
Raja Petra claimed this was revealed by the contractor after the MACC arrested him and took his statement.
The MACC deputy chief commissioner (operations) Datuk Seri Azam Baki confimed that a police report had been lodged on the matter on Thursday (Feb 28).
However, he declined to elaborate on the issue.
On Friday (March 1) Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad rubbished the graft claims made by the controversial blogger, calling him a liar.
“Raja Petra Kamarudin is a liar, and you still believe him?” he asked reporters before walking off.
In several articles published in Raja Petra’s blog over the past week, the blogger alleged that several Penang state exco were implicated in the MACC’s probe into the project and its related road projects, estimated to be worth RM6.3bil.
RPK a ‘liar’, says Dr M on tunnel probe claims
KUALA LUMPUR: Dr Mahathir Mohamad today rubbished a blogger’s allegation that several Penang state executive councillors were implicated in investigations carried out by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).
“Raja Petra Kamarudin is a liar and you still believe him,” the prime minister told reporters before walking away.
Raja Petra had recently published several blog posts on the MACC investigation papers into the tunnel and related road projects, estimated to cost RM6.3 billion.
Several Penang state executive councillors were implicated in the investigations, according to these blog posts.
MACC and AGC can no longer ignore RPK’s Undersea Tunnel claims
The Third Force
SUBANG JAYA: Recent disclosures by Malaysia Today suggest that a massive plot was hatched by the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) to keep hidden discoveries made by the MACC regarding the controversial and scandalous Penang Undersea Tunnel project.
On the 24thof February 2019, Raja Petra Kamarudin commenced a series of publications to prove that the anti-graft agency conspired with Attorney General Tommy Thomas to sweep the discoveries under the carpet.
The United Kingdom (UK) based blogger splashed documents, said to be from the MACC’s files, proving that Lim Guan Eng received 10 per cent of the tunnel project cost through a kickback scheme involving several Pakatan Harapan leaders.
According to RPK, Tommy Thomas told the MACC to mark the discoveries NFA, which, in the agency’s terms, means “No Further Action,” or, as many a layperson would have it, “consider it never happened.”
The RM6.3 billion mega-project was widely believed to involve kickbacks promised to politicians, consultants and shareholders from Consortium Zenith Construction Sdn Bhd (Zenith), parent to the Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) awarded the project.
The project courted controversy in 2017 when the previous Penang government under Lim Guan Eng chose to remain vague on claims of impropriety by the state’s then opposition with unconvincing clarifications, contradictions and flip-flops.
On the 22ndof May 2017, the state’s then Public Works Committee Chairman, Lim Hock Seng, told an assembly sitting that a total of RM219.99 million was paid to the SPV and an independent consultant, the breakdown of which is as follows:
Payment to Zenith : RM208.75 million
Payment to HSS Integrated Sdn Bhd: RM11.23 million
Overall: RM219.99 million
According to Lim, Zenith was paid the RM208.75 million to conduct feasibility studies and design works related to three paired roads, the cost breakdown of which is as follows:
Three main roads:
Feasibility study: RM31.2 million
Detailed design: RM177.4 million
Overall: RM208.7 million (the amount Guan Eng says was paid by swapping land)
Then, in a shocking turn of events, it was revealed that China Railway Construction Corporation Ltd (CRCC), the Chinese construction firm hired as main contractor, was forced to stop work as it received only 5% (or a little over RM3mil) of the RM69mil value contracted since the project was awarded to the SPV in 2013.
That immediately brought to question Zenith’s delay in paying CRCC given that the consortium had then already received 5.67 acres of state land worth RM208 million and commenced luxury highrise projects worth RM800 million on a chunk of that land.
As a matter of fact, the SPV even undertook to pre-sell RM2.83 billion worth of state land to facilitate yet another RM15 billion project, meaning, it was more than able to pay CRCC.
It’s failure to do so fuelled speculation that the state government had engaged in a massive kickback scheme together with several leaders from Pakatan Harapan and had not intention whatsoever to pay CRCC in full.