BUTTERWORTH: Former Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng was charged in the Sessions Court here today with using his position to receive gratification of more than RM3.3 million to help a company to secure the RM6.3 billion Penang undersea tunnel project.
He was charged in his capacity as the Chief Minister of Penang then, to have abused his position to obtain RM3,300,000 in gratification for himself as an inducement for helping a company owned by Datuk Zarul Ahmad Mohd Zulkifli to secure the project, valued at RM6,341,383,702.- Bernama
Where’s RM3.3 million, Guan Eng asks MACC
“There is no RM3.3 million in my account… there is no RM3.3 million in my possession as cash. Where is the corruption?” Lim said at a press conference.
The Bagan MP added that the anti-graft agency did not ask him about the whereabouts of the money until he asked them.
“When MACC questioned me, they did not ask where is the money. In fact, they refused to ask me this question. I had to ask them, but they didn’t answer.” THE MALAYSIAN INSIGHT
Consortium Zenith boss not a reliable witness in Guan Eng’s case, says Pua
ZARUL Ahmad Mohd Zulkifli, the top executive of the firm awarded a mega Penang infrastructure project, is not a reliable witness in Lim Guan Eng’s corruption case, said DAP national publicity secretary Tony Pua.
He said Zarul, the senior executive director of Consortium Zenith Construction Sdn Bhd, previously complimented Lim as Penang chief minister and the state government.
“Zarul said in the past that he had to gratify (certain quarters) to bag a government contract but Penang under Pakatan was different as open tenders are practiced, so any company can get a contract as long as the plan is good. He praised Penang for its transparency,” Pua said in a Facebook live session today.
He questioned what prompted Zarul to now say that Lim solicited a 10% bribe for the project.
Lim pleaded not guilty to a charge of soliciting a 10% bribe from the profits of the RM6.3 billion highway and undersea tunnel projects in Penang.
He was charged at a special corruption court in Kuala Lumpur on Friday before judge Azura Alwi.
Lim was accused of committing the offence in March 2011 near The Gardens Hotel, Mid Valley in Kuala Lumpur, when he was Penang chief minister.
He allegedly solicited the bribe from Zarul, whose company was appointed by Penang to implement the project.
Lim is also set to face other charges on Monday and Tuesday. THE MALAYSIAN INSIGHT
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