MACC undersea tunnel probe to centre on money laundering
06 Jul 2020

The probe into the RM6.3 billion Penang undersea tunnel and connected roads project will centre around possible money laundering, Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) chief Azam Baki said today.

He expected the probe to take another two to three weeks to be completed before submission to the prosecutors.

Speaking to FMT, he said the current probe will focus on the RM305 million feasibility study and detailed design cost for the project.

Azam said the notion that the case had been “closed” earlier was not true and investigations had continued since the probe began in 2017.

“Even when Mohd Shukri Abdull was MACC chief, he said five investigation papers were open. And when I was a deputy, I never said it was closed.

“Whoever says the case was closed, that is up to them,” he said.

Shukri was MACC chief from May 2018 till May 2019.

Recently, Penang DAP claimed the graft probe had been politicised and maintained the MACC had previously confirmed there was no wrongdoing in the case. Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow, in fact, showed reporters a copy of a letter from MACC, dated April last year, clearing those involved in the undersea tunnel project of any wrongdoing.

Azam said MACC had recorded statements from 32 people so far and intended to interview another 10 to 15 more. He promised the investigations will be fair.

Earlier today, MACC officers visited the offices of Deputy Chief Minister II P Ramasamy and state executive councillor Zairil Khir Johari.

Officers did not question them but questioned their staff, a trio of security guards at Komtar’s 52nd floor and left with a work schedule of Ramasamy during an unknown period.

MACC officers are expected to interview Chow and exco members like Jagdeep Singh Deo and Phee Boon Poh next week.

Read more at Free Malaysia Today

Photo (cropped and edited): Avery Ng [CC BY-SA 2.0] via Flickr

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