GEORGE TOWN: After a video clip of a woman airing a litany of grouses against the Penang state government went viral, DAP has come under renewed attack online with a new propaganda website dedicated to the controversial undersea tunnel project.
Using a URL similar to Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng’s social media handle, the site has pictures of him and a variety of infographics. Visitors can also download a video clip, in which the theme song of popular US drama series House of Cards plays in the background, while a man narrates in Bahasa Malaysia.
Among others, it claims that RM11.2 billion of “the people’s money” as well as state land was used for the tunnel project.
“This is an abuse of power by a group of leaders from DAP who know they will not last long at the helm of the leadership,” says the narrator.
“Handouts were given to politicians and public officers, while landowners were given proxy shares to ‘hold’ shares on behalf of leaders from the Penang government,” he adds.
The narrator also says the RM11.2 billion figure was surmised by adding the costs for the RM7.5 billion Pan Island 1 road link project, 50-acre Tanjung Pinang land whose price was inflated to RM3 billion, a RM400 million eight-lane highway project and the RM300 million Gurney Wharf project.
“The question is: After RM11.2 billion is spent, what is the benefit to Penangites? Zero! There has been no road or tunnel after five years of promises. We only have a feasibility study which cost RM305 million,” he says.
“Last time it was the bungalow, Taman Manggis, and now we have a RM11.2 billion tunnel scandal,” he said, referring to the purchase of a bungalow by Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng whose case is being heard in court as well as the controversial sale of Taman Manggis state land to a private healthcare facility in 2010.
“Welcome to the era of monstrous scandals of DAP,” he adds.
Website registered in Panama
The new site contains a lengthy explanation on the “tunnel scandal”.
A microsite within, with the web address banglo.cmlimguaneng.com, details the chronology of Lim’s purchase of his Pinhorn Road bungalow which hogged the headlines in 2016.
A futuristic slideshow claiming that the bungalow purchase and the Taman Manggis land scale were related, features prominently at the site. A video promising to explain to viewers about the bungalow issue in 90 seconds can be seen at the bottom.
A WhatsApp-only cellphone number appearing to be registered in the UK is also included for those who want the “latest on the bungalow scandal”.
Checks by FMT showed that the website was registered in Panama by a domain name registrar ‘namecheap.com’.
Lim’s office has been contacted for comment.
The undersea tunnel project came under renewed scrutiny by Barisan Nasional (BN) following a fresh probe by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission last month.
The 7.2km tunnel will connect George Town’s Pangkor Road and Bagan Ajam in Butterworth. It is scheduled to begin in 2023.
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).