Lim Guan Eng: On trial for corruption re the Penang Undersea Tunnel project

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Lim Guan Eng is accused of using his position as the then Penang chief minister to solicit a 10% cut in the RM6.3 billion undersea tunnel project’s profit from Zarul, in return for aiding the businessman’s company secure the project. He is accused of accepting RM3.3 million in kickbacks from Zarul.

The DAP chairman also faces two counts of dishonest misappropriation of property in releasing two plots of state-owned land cumulatively worth RM208.75 million to Ewein Zenith Sdn Bhd and Zenith Urban Development Sdn Bhd ― two property companies linked to the controversial undersea tunnel project.

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Lim Guan Eng trial: In feud for forensic report, defence claims three prosecution witnesses fabricated testimonies

Izzul Ikram/theedgemarkets.com
January 17, 2023 14:45 pm +08

Gobind claimed that Whatsapp messages on Aug 17, 2017, which were not provided to the defence but are contained in the report, will show that Zarul’s testimony that the “Chocolate” or RM2 million in cash bribes given to Lim was made up.

KUALA LUMPUR (Jan 17): Lim Guan Eng’s undersea tunnel graft trial on Tuesday got heated after defence lawyer Gobind Singh Deo became visibly incensed while attempting to obtain a forensic reportfrom the prosecution, and claimed that three of their witnesses had faked their testimonies.

Gobind told the Sessions Court here that prosecution witnesses, comprising Consortium Zenith Construction Sdn Bhd (CZBUCG) director Datuk Zarul Ahmad Mohd Zulkifli, former senior vice-president of finance and corporate services Azli Adam, and former senior executive Ibrahim Sahari, had fabricated their testimonies in regard to cash bribes given to Lim. 

He indicated this while he cross-examined the eighth prosecution witness, Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) forensic officer Wan Mohd Firdaus Wan Yusof.

The defence lawyer claimed that the forensic report contains a “complete” transcript of WhatsApp messages between Zarul and businessman G Gnanaraja ― two individuals who had allegedly collaborated delivering RM2 million cash bribes to Lim, according to Zarul.

Gobind claimed that Whatsapp messages on Aug 17, 2017, which were not provided to the defence but are contained in the report, will show that Zarul’s testimony that the “Chocolate” or RM2 million in cash bribes given to Lim was made up. 

“The witness (Zarul), who said in this court that the ‘Chocolate’ meant the RM2 million cash for Guan Eng, gave a false testimony,” Gobind said before asking the prosecution to produce the forensic report.

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