MACC and AGC can no longer ignore RPK’s Undersea Tunnel claims

The MACC and the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) cannot ignore Raja Petra Kamarudin. Source (pic): NST Online

Recent disclosures by Malaysia Today suggest that a massive plot was hatched by the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) to keep hidden discoveries made by the MACC regarding the controversial and scandalous Penang Undersea Tunnel project.

According to RPK, Tommy Thomas told the MACC to mark the discoveries NFA, which, in the agency’s terms, means “No Further Action,” or, as many a layperson would have it, “consider it never happened.”

The RM6.3 billion mega-project was widely believed to involve kickbacks promised to politicians, consultants and shareholders from Consortium Zenith Construction Sdn Bhd (Zenith), parent to the Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) awarded the project.


SUBANG JAYA: Recent disclosures by Malaysia Today suggest that a massive plot was hatched by the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) to keep hidden discoveries made by the MACC regarding the controversial and scandalous Penang Undersea Tunnel project.

On the 24thof February 2019, Raja Petra Kamarudin commenced a series of publications to prove that the anti-graft agency conspired with Attorney General Tommy Thomas to sweep the discoveries under the carpet.

The United Kingdom (UK) based blogger splashed documents, said to be from the MACC’s files, proving that Lim Guan Eng received 10 per cent of the tunnel project cost through a kickback scheme involving several Pakatan Harapan leaders.


According to RPK, Tommy Thomas told the MACC to mark the discoveries NFA, which, in the agency’s terms, means “No Further Action,” or, as many a layperson would have it, “consider it never happened.”

The RM6.3 billion mega-project was widely believed to involve kickbacks promised to politicians, consultants and shareholders from Consortium Zenith Construction Sdn Bhd (Zenith), parent to the Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) awarded the project.

The project courted controversy in 2017 when the previous Penang government under Lim Guan Eng chose to remain vague on claims of impropriety by the state’s then opposition with unconvincing clarifications, contradictions and flip-flops.

On the 22ndof May 2017, the state’s then Public Works Committee Chairman, Lim Hock Seng, told an assembly sitting that a total of RM219.99 million was paid to the SPV and an independent consultant, the breakdown of which is as follows:

Payments made:
Payment to Zenith : RM208.75 million 
Payment to HSS Integrated Sdn Bhd: RM11.23 million
Overall: RM219.99 million

According to Lim, Zenith was paid the RM208.75 million to conduct feasibility studies and design works related to three paired roads, the cost breakdown of which is as follows:

Three main roads:
Feasibility study: RM31.2 million
Detailed design: RM177.4 million
Overall: RM208.7 million (the amount Guan Eng says was paid by swapping land)

Then, in a shocking turn of events, it was revealed that China Railway Construction Corporation Ltd (CRCC), the Chinese construction firm hired as main contractor, was forced to stop work as it received only 5% (or a little over RM3mil) of the RM69mil value contracted since the project was awarded to the SPV in 2013.

That immediately brought to question Zenith’s delay in paying CRCC given that the consortium had then already received 5.67 acres of state land worth RM208 million and commenced luxury highrise projects worth RM800 million on a chunk of that land.

As a matter of fact, the SPV even undertook to pre-sell RM2.83 billion worth of state land to facilitate yet another RM15 billion project, meaning, it was more than able to pay CRCC.

It’s failure to do so fuelled speculation that the state government had engaged in a massive kickback scheme together with several leaders from Pakatan Harapan and had not intention whatsoever to pay CRCC in full.


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