GEORGE TOWN: Barely a week has passed, and another picture has surfaced of Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng with a businessman being investigated for corruption linked to the Penang tunnel project.
The picture, which has gone viral since it was posted by Facebook user Sarah Farhana, shows Lim and a person resembling the “Datuk Seri” in the back seat of a car said to belong to one of the bosses of the undersea tunnel and roads consortium.
The latest picture comes after Lim had retaliated by showing a picture of the same Datuk Seri posing for a photograph with Star Media Group managing director and chief executive officer Wong Chun Wai.
Wong had responded by saying that there were many pictures of him taken with people he barely knew at events he attended. In a tongue-in-cheek reply, he noted he was wearing his shoes in the photograph.
Wong was referring to Lim’s first picture with the Datuk Seri in which both were seen without their shoes, apparently indicating it was taken at somebody’s home.
Lim is mulling legal action against several media organisations, following the publication of the photograph of him with the businessman, who is being investigated by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).
Last week, the chief minister’s office said it was normal for a public figure like him to be photographed with many people, including those he did not know.
Lim’s office had said the DAP leader had also been photographed with another businessman linked to 1MDB and asked if that meant Lim was also connected to the 1MDB controversy.
The MACC had recently arrested a businessman with a “Datuk Seri” title for questioning over allegations he had received RM19 million to “close graft investigations” involving the tunnel project.
The 37-year-old was released on bail of RM150,000 after spending 11 days in MACC’s custody.
MACC is probing whether the man, whose wife is a leader of a non-governmental organisation, had received the money from the main contractor of the project as alleged.
FMT has contacted the Penang chief minister’s office for comment on the latest photograph.