Chicken rice and ‘normal questions’ in Penang tunnel probe

Phee Boon Poh left the MACC office after five hours, while Chong Eng and Jagdeep Singh Deo were questioned for 2-3 hours.

GEORGE TOWN: Three Penang executive councillors were interviewed for several hours today in a renewed anti-corruption investigation into the state government’s proposed RM6.3 billion undersea tunnel and roads project.

Phee Boon Poh, Chong Eng and Jagdeep Singh Deo gave their statements at the Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission office at Northam Road here today.

Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow is expected to be questioned tomorrow.

Chong Eng and Jagdeep spent about two to three hours each at MACC, while Phee left the MACC office at 7.40pm tonight, after five hours. He had been seen entering the building at 2.30pm.

Chong told waiting reporters outside that “the officers asked me to confirm minutes of (a certain Exco) meeting, in regards to the tunnel and roads project. They also bought me a nasi ayam meal, and then let me go.”

Last week, MACC officers had visited the offices of Deputy Chief Minister II P Ramasamy and state executive councillor Zairil Khir Johari.

The chief minister has previously said that MACC had planned to speak to members of the previous state government who were in office when the undersea tunnel project was mooted and approved.

MACC chief commissioner Azam Baki has said the tunnel investigation had been a work in progress since it began in 2017. He also declined to comment on the possibility of any exco members being arrested, saying this would be left to the discretion of investigating officers.

The Penang DAP has described the investigation as having been “politicised” and claims that MACC had previously confirmed there had been no wrongdoing in the case.

MACC recently raided three companies, with a source telling FMT that the crackdown followed the resumption of a corruption probe into the project after the discovery of fresh leads.

A high-ranking former member of the Penang Port Commission was arrested and remanded for four days in connection with the case. He was later released on MACC bail of RM100,000.

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