BUTTERWORTH AUG.10:- Former Minister of Finance, Lim Guan Eng has pleaded not guilty at the Sessions Court here today to a charge of using his position as then Chief Minister of Penang to solicit a RM3.3 million bribe related to the RM6.3bil Penang undersea tunnel project.
Guan Eng who is also the Secretary-General of DAP, was accused of assisting the company owned by Datuk Zarul Ahmad Mohd Zulkifli to be appointed to conduct the construction of main roads for the undersea tunnel project.
He was alleged to have committed the offence between January 2011 and August 2017 at the Chief Minister’s office in Komtar, Georgetown.
The charge under Section 23(1) of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Act 2009 carries a jail term of up to 20 years and a fine of no less than five times the amount of gratification or RM10, 000, whichever is higher, upon conviction.
Guan Eng was represented by fellow DAP members Ramkarpal Singh and Gobind Singh Deo, RSN Rayer and V. Vemal Arasan.
Deputy Public Prosecutors Ahmad Akram Gharib, Mohd Mukhzany Fariz Mohd Mokhtar and Francine Cheryl Rajendram prosecuted the case before the Special Sessions Court for Corruption, Judge Ahmad Azhari Abdul Hamid.
Last Friday (Aug 7), Lim pleaded not guilty in the Sessions Court in Kuala Lumpur to soliciting gratification to help a company secure the RM6.3 billion Penang undersea tunnel project.
He was accused of using his position as the then chief minister to solicit a 10% cut of the profits which would be made from the road and tunnel project.
According to the charge sheet, Guan Eng is alleged to have sought 10% of the profits from Consortium Zenith Construction Sdn Bhd senior director Datuk Zarul Ahmad Mohd Zulkifli as an inducement to get the contract for the project. Zenith was awarded the project.
The charge under Section 16(a)(A) of the MACC Act 2009 carries imprisonment not exceeding 20 years and a fine of no less than five times the value of the bribe or RM10,000, whichever is higher, upon conviction.
For the allegation, Guan Eng was allowed to be bailed for RM1 million with two sureties
Lim is expected to be charged on Tuesday (Aug 11) for “other cases” at the Butterworth Court.
The 7.2-kilometer undersea tunnel project that has become controversial is to connect the Penang Island from Persiaran Gurney to the mainland in Bagan Ajam with an estimated cost of RM6.3 billion and expected to begin work in 2023. –Malaysia World News