GEORGETOWN — Jan. 9, 2018: The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) today raided several government offices and companies connected to investigations into the Penang undersea tunnel project.
It is understood that the offices checked were the Public Works Department, State Secretariat, Lands and Mines and the Department of Valuation and Property Management.
The agency also raided the offices of Ewein-Zenith, 555 Capital Diamond Valley Industrial Park and Konsortium Zenith.
MACC deputy chief commissioner (operations) Datuk Seri Azam Baki confirmed the raids, saying it was a follow-up on a complaint made by the vice-president of Parti Cinta Malaysia Datuk Huan Cheng Guan on January 5.
Huan had lodged a report with MACC and submittedwhat he claimed to be fresh evidence on the project to be investigated for possible abuse of power or corruption.
That was his second report to MACC on the case. Huan had lodged the first report in July last year, claiming that the state government had awarded the project to a company which allegedly had capital below the required level when bidding for the project.
The 7.2-kilometre tunnel is planned to connect Persiaran Gurney to Bagan Ajam on the mainland. The contract to build three major connecting roads was awarded to Konsortium Zenith BUCG Sdn. Bhd.
Criticisms against the project relate to the high cost of implementation, payment modes which involve conversion of state land and concerns on the economic, social and environmental impact. — Bernama