GEORGE TOWN: It is impossible for Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng not to have any knowledge of the Penang undersea tunnel project investigations by the Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission (MACC), says Penang Front Party (PFP).
The party also slammed Lim’s “oblivion” to the investigations which it described as impossible given the wide media coverage of the MACC investigations on the project following reports by several quarters.
Party chairman Datuk Patrick Ooi said said since last year, a total of 22 reports have been made to MACC to press for investigations for Lim to “clear his name” should the allegations made against him were untrue.
Ooi reasoned it was highly impossible for the chief minister not to have any knowledge given his large team of assistants made up of a team of between 50 and 60 staffers including his own media team in his office.
“Therefore it is impossible for any form of news to escape the scrutiny of the Chief Minister’s office unless, of course, he is just putting up a show or ‘main wayang’,” he told reporters here today.
Ooi was saying this in response to Lim’s statement in which the latter had expressed surprise over the investigations against the tunnel project which Lim had claimed to have been awarded through an open tender system.
The MACC had yesterday remanded two suspects bearing the title “Datuk” for six days to assist its investigations under Section 16 of the MACC Act 2009.
Penangites, he said, have yet to benefit from the project even though a payment of RM208 million has been made through a land swap system to the company by the DAP-led Penang state government.
“Policies introduced and implemented by the state government do not favour Penangites at all – even on the project site, the developers are advertising luxury condominium projects that are way beyond the means of Penangites,” he pointed out.