KUALA LUMPUR: KUALA LUMPUR, AUG.7- Former Finance Minister, Lim Guan Eng pleaded not guilty at the Sessions Court here today to a bribery charge related to RM6.3 billion Penang undersea tunnel project.
Guan Eng was accused of requesting a bribe from a company that was appointed to implement the project for building main roads and tunnel in Penang.
The former Chief Minister of Penang from 2008-2018, Guan Eng was accused of requesting 10% of the profits from Datuk Zarul Ahmad Zulkifli as a bribe in order to get the contract for the project.
Zarul is the senior executive director of Consortium Zenith Construction Sdn Bhd (CZC), the firm which was awarded the project.
Guan Eng was charged under Section 16(a)(A) of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Act of using his position as then Chief Minister of Penang to solicit a 10% cut of the profits which would be made from the roads and tunnel project.
He is alleged to have committed the offence in March 2011 close to the Gardens Hotel along Lingkaran Syed Putra, Mid Valley City in Kuala Lumpur.
The charge carries a fine up to five times the value of the bribe, or RM10, 000, and imprisonment not exceeding 20 years.
Gua Eng was allowed to be on bail amounting to RM1 million with two sureties.
Judge Azura Alwi allowed Guan Eng, 60, to pay the bail of RM500, 000 today while the remainder will have to be paid the latest on Monday and ordered Guan Eng who is also the Member of Parliament for Bagan to hand over his international passport to the Court until the case is over.
The Court had also reminded both prosecution and the defendant not to make any comments as it could be subjudice to the case.
“When the case has been heard in the court, it becomes the responsibility of everybody not to make any comments as it could be subjudice to the case. A report could be made to a certain party if there is such a comment being made,” said Azura before fixing September 9 to mention the case again.
Meanwhile the Secretary-General of DAP; Guan Eng has also vowed to fight the corruption charge in relation to the RM6.3bil Penang undersea tunnel project.
Labelling the charge as baseless and meant to tarnish his reputation, Guan Eng said he had never received any kickbacks in regard to the charges made against him.
“I have told the MACC that I did not receive any money. In fact, they never asked me to prove whether I have millions of ringgit in my bank account or cash in my possession,” Lim told reporters on Friday (Aug 7) afternoon after he was charged in the morning.
“I will fight to prove my innocence in court,” he said. –Malaysia World News