Undersea tunnel case was never closed, Najib tells Pua

Najib Razak says Tony Pua’s claim that MACC had closed the Penang tunnel project case in 2018 is not true.

PETALING JAYA: Najib Razak today accused a DAP leader of lying for claiming that one of the conditions imposed by Umno to join Perikatan Nasional is for the new government to reopen the probe into the Penang undersea tunnel project, in which Lim Guan Eng is implicated.

The former prime minister said the case, which is being investigated by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission, had never been closed.

“In fact, six investigation papers remained open,” he said in a Facebook post when refuting Tony Pua’s claim that MACC had closed the case in November 2018.

Pua, who was Lim’s special adviser when he was the finance minister, had claimed earlier today that “word on the street” was that one of the conditions for Umno to join the PN government was to reopen the case against Lim in the undersea tunnel project.

Pua claimed the matter had already been investigated and officially closed by MACC in November 2018 as “there was no case”.

Lim was questioned by MACC thrice last week over the project.

Najib pointed out that a statement issued by MACC in March 2019 said its first investigation paper (IP) was opened in 2017 and, following the probe, five other IPs were opened in January.

He said then MACC chief commissioner Latheefa Koya had in September last year refused to divulge any details about the probe as it was still an “active case”.

“So which case is Tony referring to?

“Did MACC under the Pakatan Harapan government come out with fake news in March? And did Latheefa Koya lie in September 2019?” he asked.