BUTTERWORTH: Lim Guan Eng pleaded not guilty to a charge of misusing his position to receive RM3.3 million bribe to help a company to secure the RM6.3 billion Penang undersea tunnel project.
The 60-year old former finance minister claimed trial before Judge Ahmad Azhari Abdul Hamid at the Special Sessions Court for Corruption here today.
He was accused of abusing his previous position as the Chief Minister of Penang to obtain RM3,300,000 in gratification for himself as an inducement for helping a company owned by Datuk Zarul Ahmad Mohd Zulkifli to secure the project valued at RM6,341,383,702.
The DAP secretary-general was accused of assisting Zarul’s company to be appointed to conduct the construction of main roads for the undersea tunnel project.
He was alleged to have committed the offence between January 2011 and August 2017 at the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) in Komtar.
The charge under Section 23(1) of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Act 2009, carries a jail term of up to 20 years and a fine of no less than five times the amount of gratification or RM10,000, whichever is higher, upon conviction.
Deputy Public Prosecutors Ahmad Akram Gharib, Mohd Mukhzany Fariz Mohd Mokhtar and Francine Cheryl Rajendram prosecuted the case.
Guan Eng defence counsels were DAP members Ramkarpal Singh and Gobind Singh Deo, RSN Rayer and V. Vemal Arasan.
Last Friday, August 7, Lim pleaded not guilty in the Sessions Court in Kuala Lumpur to soliciting gratification to help a company secure the RM6.3bil Penang undersea tunnel project.
He was accused of using his position as the then chief minister to solicit a 10% cut of the profits which would be made from the road and tunnel project.
He was alleged to have sought 10% of the profits from Consortium Zenith Construction Sdn Bhd senior director Datuk Zarul Ahmad Mohd Zulkifli as an inducement to get the contract for the project.
Zenith was awarded the project.
The charge under Section 16(a)(A) of the MACC Act 2009 carries imprisonment not exceeding 20 years and a fine of no less than five times the value of the bribe or RM10,000, whichever is higher, upon conviction.
Lim is expected to be charged tomorrow, Tuesday, August 11, for “other cases” at the Butterworth Court.
His wife, Betty Chew is also expected to be charged on the same day believed to be over a land conversion deal and the purchase of a bungalow below market price. – Aathi Shankar, 12 Aug 2020, NTHQibord