Datuk remanded six days over Penang undersea tunnel project

 |Jan 10, 2018

PUTRAJAYA: A senior executive director of Consortium Zenith Construction Sdn Bhd has been remanded six days to asisst in the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) investigations into the RM6.3 billion Penang Undersea Tunnel project.

The remand order was granted by Magistrate Fatima Amyra Abdul Jalil to the MACC to probe the 59-year-old Datuk.

The suspect was seen arriving at the Palace of Justice at 9.45am today.

Following a raid yesterday morning at several offices in different locations in Penang, the Datuk was detained at the MACC headquarters around 8.45pm Tuesday.

The other company director, also a Datuk, is expected to be remanded at the Penang magistrate’s court.

According to a MACC spokesperson, the raids were made after proof was obtained showing irregularities in the proposed 7.2km long project.

A check with several Penang state government officials yesterday showed many were not in the know about the raids.

The proposed undersea tunnel was to ease worsening traffic congestion in Penang but has been met with strong objections from various quarters namely the public at large due to several discrepancies especially its impact on the environment.

A report lodged by Parti Cinta Malaysia (PCM) vice-president Datuk Huan Cheng Guan in July, which was followed up by another report at the MACC headquarters in Putrajaya on Friday (Jan 5).

The project, undertaken by a consortium of companies under the leadeship of the Consortium Zenith Construction Sdn Bhd, courted various controversies but since it was awarded five years ago, nothing has come out of it.

Besides the tunnel, the project also involved three paired roads on the island linking the Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu expressway to Air Itam, Gurney Drive and Batu Ferringhi.