MP SPEAKS | The curious case of the persecution of Lim Guan Eng
Published 1:53 pmModified 1:54 pm
MP SPEAKS | If you have been paying attention to Umno leaders in recent months, or if you listen to the chatter of the BN cyber-troopers on the social media or for that matter, if you read the news stories and opinion pieces of the mainstream media – there is a concerted, almost herculean effort to taint DAP secretary-general and former finance minister Lim Guan Eng with the purported Penang undersea tunnel scandal.
And you might just think, given the level of noise on the matter, this scandal must be nearly as big as the 1MDB scandal, putting Lim Guan Eng in the league of former prime minister Najib Abdul Razak.
After all, there’s no smoke without fire right?
The word on the street is that one of the attached conditions for Umno to join the PN government was to reopen the case against Lim Guan Eng on the undersea tunnel. Yes, “reopen”, because the case has already been investigated and officially closed by MACC in November 2018 because there was no case.
So we see the MACC has been busy lately, arresting a former aide to Lim Guan Eng, interviewing all key Penang state government executive councillors, and over the past week, questioned Lim Guan Eng himself for long hours over three days.
The joke is that all who have been questioned were left somewhat bewildered. They were all asked to spend many hours confirming the state government minutes which documented (properly) the process of tendering and awarding the undersea tunnel contract. However, no question, not even to Lim, was asked, or implied of any improper funds, bribes, gratification being given to the “suspect”.
How do you investigate a so-called “corruption” or “money-laundering” case when there’s not even an iota of evidence, however weak, which points to exchange or transfer of funds?
Why did MACC close the file previously? Very simply because the project was awarded via an open tender. It was evaluated by a committee chaired by the state secretary, a civil servant, not Lim. And not a single sen has been paid by the state for the tunnel project, which was also only due to commence after the contractor Zenith Construction Sdn Bhd secured all necessary planning and environmental approvals, as well as the necessary funding to carry out the project.
I am disgusted with the powers that be for the political abuse that is taking place right before our very eyes. I’m disgusted with the media personalities who pander to this government. There is little difference between the current regime and the Najib government which we had successfully defeated in 2018.
So the silver lining is, if we could bring down what was believed to be an all-powerful Najib government, then we can surely do the same for the fractious PN regime.
TONY PUA is the MP for Damansara and DAP national publicity secretary.
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