Three companies raided in Penang as Undersea Tunnel probe resumes

The RM6.3 billion undersea tunnel-cum-roads project was mooted by the Penang government to alleviate the traffic on the first bridge. Source (pic): TTF Files

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The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission today raided three companies in Penang as a corruption probe was renewed into the scandalous Penang undersea tunnel project following fresh leads found by investigators.

The MACC had previously questioned several state politicians and officials in February 2018, three months before the change of government following the May 2018 14th general election.

Over 100 witnesses were called back then in what amounted to a probe into the RM305 million feasibility study and detailed design commissioned by the Penang government through a land-swap deal.

Yesterday, former Penang Port Commission (PPC) chairman Jeffrey Chew was arrested by the MACC in George Town, Penang to help investigations.


PETALING JAYA: The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission today raided three companies in Penang as a corruption probe was renewed into the scandalous Penang undersea tunnel project following fresh leads found by investigators.

According to a news portal (FMT), a source close to the investigation said MACC would summon several state executive council members and officials from the Seberang Perai City Council for questioning.




The MACC had previously questioned several state politicians and officials in February 2018, three months before the change of government following the May 2018 14th general election.

Over 100 witnesses were called back then in what amounted to a probe into the RM305 million feasibility study and detailed design commissioned by the Penang government through a land-swap deal.

“The notion that the case is closed is not true. We have received new leads which necessitated the need to question the witnesses again,” the source added.

Yesterday, former Penang Port Commission (PPC) chairman Jeffrey Chew was arrested in George Town, Penang to help investigations.

An online daily quoted unnamed sources as saying the former state DAP assistant treasurer was arrested at 2pm while at the Penang MACC headquarters in Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah to give a statement.

It has since been established that the MACC conducted a discovery in Chew’s Batu Ferringhi home an hour or two after his arrest.

Last March, MACC said it had six investigation papers on the project. Documents said to be linked to the investigation and which implicated top state officials were also leaked online.

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The RM6.3 billion undersea tunnel-cum-roads project was mooted by the Penang government to alleviate the traffic on the first bridge.

The undersea tunnel, spanning 7.2km, will connect Pulau Tikus’ Pangkor Road and Bagan Ajam in Butterworth, and is scheduled to begin in 2023.

The “three main roads” component are from Air Itam to the Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu Expressway (5.7km), Tanjung Bungah to Teluk Bahang (10.53km), and Jalan Pangkor-Gurney Drive junction to Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu Expressway (4.1km).

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