MACC probe papers on Penang tunnel to be submitted to AGC soon

Former Penang chief minister Lim Guan Eng leaving the MACC headquarters in Putrajaya yesterday. He will be questioned again on Saturday.

KUALA LUMPUR: The investigation papers on the Penang undersea tunnel project are expected to be submitted to the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) in the near future for further action.

Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) chief commissioner Azam Baki said the investigation was in the final stages of completion and only a few witnesses were left to give their statements to complete the probe.

“Today, we called (former finance minister) Lim Guan Eng to have his statement recorded for the second time but he could not attend because he was unwell.

“Tomorrow (Friday), he will not be able to attend because he has something on.

“Therefore, the MACC will continue recording his statement again on Saturday,” he told a press conference after the launch of the book “Modul Integriti dan Rasuah” here today.

Yesterday, Lim, who is also the former Penang chief minister, came to the Putrajaya MACC headquarters to have his statement recorded.

On June 30, the MACC detained a former senior official of the Penang Port Commission (PPC) to assist in investigations into elements of corruption in the RM6.3 billion undersea tunnel project.

Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow as well as several current and former state executive council members have also been called to provide their statements to the MACC regarding the mega project.

In another development, commenting on the investigation involving former youth and sports minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman, Azam said they were in the final stages of completing the investigation.

“Investigations involving Syed Saddiq are still under way and there are not many witnesses to be called.

“I believe my investigating officers are in the final stages of resolving the case within a week before handing over the probe papers to the AGC for further action,” he said.

On July 17, the MACC denied arresting Syed Saddiq after he was called by the MACC to assist in the investigation.

Before this, local media had reported the loss of more than RM200,000 from Syed Saddiq’s residence in Petaling Jaya in March.