RAMASAMY QUES­TIONED OVER UN­DER­SEA TUN­NEL PROJECT

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GE­ORGE TOWN: Pe­nang Deputy Chief Min­is­ter II P. Ramasamy spent seven hours at the Malaysian Anti-Cor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion (MACC) of­fice here yes­ter­day to have his state­ment recorded over the anti-graft body’s probe into the state’s pro­posed RM6.3 bil­lion un­der­sea tun­nel and three paired roads project.

Ac­com­pa­nied by his lawyer, Datuk Aljit Singh Jessy, he ar­rived at 8.45am and left about 4pm.

Ramasamy said MACC had wanted him to con­firm mat­ters on the project’s min­utes of meet­ings.

“The in­ves­ti­gat­ing of­fi­cers asked about the ten­der process as it was tabled at the state ex­ec­u­tive coun­cil meet­ing.”

Ramasamy is the state Eco­nomic Plan­ning, Educa­tion and Hu­man Re­sources, Sci­ence, Tech­nol­ogy and In­no­va­tion Com­mit­tee chair­man.

He is the sec­ond state ex­ec­u­tive coun­cil mem­ber in two days to be quizzed by MACC.

On Tues­day, state Pub­lic Works Com­mit­tee chair­man Lim Hock Seng spent 12 hours at the MACC of­fice to have his state­ment recorded on the same is­sue.

The project had raised con­tro­ver­sies in re­cent months, es­pe­cially on the high cost of the RM305 mil­lion tech­ni­cal stud­ies, as well as the 22-month de­lay in com­plet­ing them.

MACC had ini­ti­ated the probe fol­low­ing re­ports by Parti Cinta Malaysia deputy pres­i­dent Datuk Huan Cheng Guan.

MACC’s act of ques­tion­ing Ramasamy had raised the ire of Pe­nang Chief Min­is­ter Lim Guan Eng, who yes­ter­day la­belled it “po­lit­i­cally-mo­ti­vated”. He said Ramasamy did not hold any port­fo­lio in re­la­tion to land and pub­lic works in the state.

In re­sponse, MACC Chief Com­mis­sioner Tan Sri Dzulk­i­fli Ah­mad told the Pe­nang govern­ment to al­low the com­mis­sion to carry out its du­ties.

He said the two were asked to come for­ward to have their state­ments recorded as wit­nesses.

PIC BY MUHAM­MAD MIKAIL ONG

Pe­nang Deputy Chief Min­is­ter II P. Ramasamy (right) and his lawyer, Datuk Aljit Singh Jessy, at the Malaysian Anti-Cor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion’s of­fice in Ge­orge Town yes­ter­day.

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