Penang politician lodges report over death threat

Parti Cinta Malaysia vice-president Huan Cheng Guan showing a copy of the police report he lodged after receiving a death threat on his mobile phone.

GEORGE TOWN: A Penang politician has lodged a police report after receiving a death threat on his mobile phone yesterday.

Parti Cinta Malaysia vice-president Huan Cheng Guan said he received the text message at 3pm while he was at a bank at Auto City, Juru.

The message read, “Cakap banyak kau mati”, which means “Talking a lot will leave you dead”.

Huan said he would let the police investigate the threat, adding that he could not pinpoint any specific case or person that could be responsible.

“I have been vocal on many issues, how am I to tell what caused this threat? I have never been threatened like this before.

“I replied the text message saying, ‘we will see who dies first’,” he told reporters outside the Bukit Mertajam police station today.

Huan has been vocal on several issues, mostly against the opposition-led Penang government.

Of late, he has been giving his views on the state’s proposed undersea tunnel and three main roads project.

The RM6.3 billion project is under scrutiny by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission, with three people arrested and two top executives out on bail.

The investigations are reportedly centred on the cost of the project’s feasibility studies.

The 7.2km undersea tunnel will connect George Town’s Pangkor Road and Bagan Ajam in Butterworth. Construction is scheduled to begin in 2023.

Its feasibility study, a topic of contention between Barisan Nasional and opposition leaders, is now 92% complete.

The Penang government had said the tunnel project was of low priority and could take off later, after the three main highways were completed.

The “three main roads” (formerly three paired roads) stretch from Air Itam to the Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu Expressway (5.7km), Tanjung Bungah to Teluk Bahang (10.53km), and Jalan Pangkor-Gurney Drive junction to Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu Expressway (4.1km).