PUTRAJAYA — Jan. 5, 2018: Parti Cinta Malaysia (PCM) today lodged a report and gave what it claimed to be new evidence on the Penang undersea tunnel project to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).
In view of this, its vice-president Datuk Huan Cheng Guan wants MACC to investigate if there was misconduct or corruption in the bidding for the project estimated to cost RM15 billion.
“We received new evidence from certain sources and handed it over to the MACC. Let them investigate,” said Huan at the MACC headquarters here.
It was the second report lodged by Huan, following the first in July last year. That first report was lodged with the police in Penang.
Today, Huan handed over several documents and purported evidence that the state government had allowed the Penang Tunnel special purpose vehicle company to pre-sell state land rights worth RM3 billion although the roads were to be built four years later.
Thus he claimed that the government had violated the procurement guidelines when granting the mega project to a company which raised the concerns of the auditor since its paid-up capital was 1,900 times below the minimum requirement of the Public Works Department.
The 7.2-kilometre project connecting Persiaran Gurney to Bagan Ajam on the mainland and the three main roads related to the project were awarded to Konsortium Zenith BUCG Sdn. Bhd.
Concerns were raised over the high cost of the feasibility studies and payment methods involving the exchange of state land and led to protests from locals who feared the project’s impact on the economy and the environment. — Bernama