Penang tunnel: Builder to sue anyone spreading fake news

The 7.2km undersea tunnel project will connect George Town’s Pangkor Road and Bagan Ajam in Butterworth.

GEORGE TOWN: The contractor of the Penang undersea tunnel-roads project today said it would sue anyone spreading fake news or giving false information about the project.

The board of directors of the Consortium Zenith Construction Sdn Bhd (CZC) said there had been many politically-charged allegations against the project in recent weeks.

It said such allegations had cast doubts over the project.

“CZC respects constructive criticism, given in good faith, based on actual facts and figures.

“However, it is regrettable that politically motivated allegations were relentlessly and unjustly hurled at CZC by irresponsible parties.

“We reiterate that any speculation, insinuation or aspersion upon CZC or the project by any parties is deemed as defamatory.

“CZC shall initiate defamation suits against such parties who spread fake news and false information about CZC and/or the project through media platforms, including social media and other channels,” the company said in a statement.

CZC said as the principal contractor of the project, it was committed to carrying on with the construction of the project, barring any unforeseen circumstances.

It said it wanted to ensure full delivery of the project to the client.

The RM6.3 billion Penang tunnel-roads project was awarded to a consortium through an open tender by the state government in 2013.

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

The Penang government has been reported as saying that the tunnel is of low priority and can take off later after the three main highways are completed.

The “three main 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).