Lim Guan Eng to be charged today over Penang Undersea Tunnel project

The former finance minister was arrested at about 9.30pm last night after having his statement taken regarding the case at the MACC HQ

by BERNAMA/ pic by TMR FILE

THE Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has arrested former Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng (picture) in connection with the RM6.3 billion Penang Undersea Tunnel project. According to MACC sources, when contacted by Bernama, confirmed that Lim was arrested at about 9.30pm yesterday after having his statement taken regarding the case at the MACC headquarters (HQ) in Putrajaya.

Meanwhile, MACC said in a statement that Lim would be charged in the special court on corruption in Jalan Duta, Kuala Lumpur, at 9am today under Section 16(a)(A) of the MACC Act 2009.

It said the DAP secretary general would also be charged at the Penang Sessions Court on Monday under Section 23 of the MACC Act 2009.

“Both the charges in the Kuala Lumpur and Penang courts are related to the Penang undersea tunnel project,” said the statement.

Meanwhile, MACC said Lim would also be charged for a separate case on Tuesday under Section 23 of the MACC Act at the Penang Sessions Court.

Lim is also scheduled to be charged for other offences on Aug 10 and 11 at the Penang Sessions court according to an MACC statement last night.

The former Penang chief minister (CM) was seen entering the MACC grounds in a white Toyota Vellfire at about 9.10pm last night.

The Bagan MP had previously been called up three times to give statements regarding the case.

Earlier reports stated that investigations into the case were in the final phase, while MACC chief commissioner Datuk Seri Azam Baki was quoted to have said that investigation papers on the case were expected to be submitted to the Attorney General’s Chambers in the near future.

On June 30, the MACC detained a former senior official of the Penang Port Commission to assist with investigations into elements of corruption in the Undersea Tunnel project.

Penang CM Chow Kon Yeow, as well as several current and former state executive council members, were also called to provide their statements to the MACC regarding the mega project.