PENANG MIC has demanded the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to publicly reveal its investigation’s findings on the multibillion Penang Tunnel Mega Scandal.
Chairman Datuk M. Nyanasegaran said MACC cannot just drag its feet and play a delay tactic to sweep the scandal under carpet like the Bungalow-gate Scandal, thinking that the people would forget it.
“People are well informed about the scandal. They are waiting for MACC next action. People have the right to know on what happened to MACC investigation into the mega scandal,” said the MIC leader.
“MACC must be responsible and accountable over all its investigations. Malaysians want to know what’s the status of its investigation into the tunnel scandal.”
It had been several years since the tunnel scandal broke out, implicating former Penang Chief Minister and current Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng, current Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow, Deputy Chief Minister II P. Ramasamy, and former executive councillors, Lim Hock Seng and Malik Kasim.
But until today neither the MACC nor the Attorney-General Tommy Thomas had given a public statement on the status of the case even though many Malaysians have demanded to know about it.
Many have categorised the tunnel scandal as the biggest daylight robbery in the country since the multibillion forex scandal that happened nearly 3 decades ago.
Leaked MACC investigation papers on the tunnel scandal, published in an online media – Malaysia Today, a few months ago, exposed the scandal and the perpetrators behind it.
But MACC till to date has failed to provide any clarity on the authenticity of 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.
The Bungalow-gate Scandal involved Guan Eng, who had allegedly purchased a bungalow 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 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.
Nyanasegaran said since MACC under new chief Latheefa Koya had promised to investigate all cases and uphold the rule of law, it should walk its talk on the tunnel scandal.
“Malaysians want to know what happened to the MACC’s tunnel probe. Malaysians want to be sure that MACC under former PKR politician Latheefa Koya is pro-active, clean, impartial and independent,” he said.
“MACC must reveal its real findings over the tunnel scandal. There is now two ways about it, period.” – NTHQiBord, 30 Jun 2019.