THE Pakatan Harapan federal government should make an official public statement on the status of the investigation on the multibillion Penang tunnel scandal without any delay.
Penang MIC Chairman Datuk M. Nyanasegaran insisted that the public had every right to know on what were the findings of the investigation carried out by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) on the scandal.
He said many Malaysians were deeply sceptical that the tunnel scandal would also be swept under the carpet like the bungalow (without swimming pool) scandal.
“It had been several years since the scandal broke out. But until today neither the MACC nor the Attorney-General had given a public statement on the status of the case.
“The public wants to know, has every right to know on the status.
“Pakatan’s silence on the Penang tunnel scandal is deafening.
“The Pakatan government should immediately clear the air on the scandal to avoid unwarranted speculations.
“The people hope that the investigation on the scandal would not be swept under the carpet like the bungalow scandal,” said Nyanasegaran.
The bungalow scandal involved former Penang Chief Minister and current Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng.
Guan Eng allegedly purchased the property located in Jalan Pinhorn, George Town City, below the market price from a person who had business ties with his state government then.
AG Tommy Thomas however, withdrew the bungalow case, which was pending court hearing, almost immediately after he assumed office last year, hence a public storm over a possible cover up.
Describing the tunnel scandal as the biggest daylight robbery in the country since the multibillion forex scandal that happened nearly 3 decades ago, Nyanasegaran said Malaysians hoped that the Pakatan government would uphold the rule of law and natural justice in this case.
“Since the Pakatan government always claims to champion the rule of law and uncorrupted governance, then it should walk its talk.”
He said that leaked MACC investigation papers on the tunnel scandal, which were published in an online media – Malaysia Today, a few months ago, exposed the scandal and the perpetrators behind it.
He pointedly noted that the MACC had to date failed to provide any clarity on the authenticity of the leaked investigation papers.
“The Pakatan government must clear the air and come clean on this,” stressed Nyanasegaran, who is also the MIC central working committee (CWC) member.
Besides Guan Eng, Penang’s Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow, Deputy Chief Minister II P. Ramasamy, and former executive councillors, Lim Hock Seng and Malik Kasim have all been mentioned in the leaked investigation papers.
The leaked MACC investigation papers were mainly recorded statements by the tunnel project main contractor, Consortium Zenith Construction Sdn Bhd’s managing director, Zarul Ahmad Mohd Zulkifli.
According to the leaked papers, Zarul paid a bribe of RM22 million to close the MACC investigation and to get the investigation file marked NFA (no further action).
And, this is a fact because the alleged ‘bribe agent’ G.Gnanaraja is now facing trial. – NTHQiBord, 22 Mei 2019.