Tunnel scandal: Here’s where the Penang govt went wrong

Dato’ Eric See-To

Mr. Koon Yew Yin, who is known to have a pro-opposition stance has given his opinion on the Penang Undersea Tunnel Scandal.

While not directly accusing that the project has corruption or abuse of power, he has called on the Penang State Government to follow the World Bank’s procurement guideline to save cost, time and to avoid suspicion of corruption.

Without directly saying it explicitly or accusing there is abuse of power or corruption in this project, Koon is pointing out that the Penang Govt did not follow the World Bank’s procurement guidelines when awarding the mega RM6.34 billion tunnel project, which is now under MACC investigations and where 4 persons have been already arrested and detained.

He also offered some additional guidelines.

“Besides the Bank’s guideline, I would like to propose the following safeguards since open tenders alone will not ensure a fool proof no-abuse procurement system for mega projects.”

“These additional safeguards are based on my experience as a Chartered Engineer and as a member of the Malaysian Board of Engineers for 3 two year terms. I am also one of the founders of Mudajaya, Gamuda and IJM Corporation.” wrote Koon.

The following is a table that shows the difference of what Koon proposed and where the Penang Govt did wrongly.

Source: Eric See-To