Penang exco having statement recorded by MACC only as witness, says lawyer

Rayer said Lim may be called in tomorrow if investigators are unable to finish today. — Picture by Sayuti Zainudin
Rayer said Lim may be called in tomorrow if investigators are unable to finish today. — Picture by Sayuti Zainudin

GEORGE TOWN, Feb 13 — Penang state exco Lim Hock Seng was called in to the Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission (MACC) to give his statement only as a witness, his lawyer RSN Rayer said today.

The Seri Delima assemblyman, who had accompanied Lim at 9am, said he did not stay on with Lim during the questioning after investigators assured him that Lim was only there as a witness to assist in their investigations into the undersea tunnel project.

“I went back to check on him at 12pm and he was treated well, they even provided him lunch,” he told reporters when met at the MACC headquarters here this evening.

Rayer said he is visiting Lim for the second time today and was told that dinner will be provided for Lim as well.

“I was told that everything was in order and that Lim was still having his statement recorded and that it may take a few more hours,” he said.

Rayer said Lim may be called in tomorrow if investigators are unable to finish today.

When asked if he will accompany Deputy Chief Minister II P. Ramasamy tomorrow, Rayer said he will be there if required.

“I am not sure if he will be called in tomorrow but if the need arise, I will accompany him too,” he said.

Earlier today, MACC Deputy Chief Commissioner (Operations) Datuk Seri Azam Baki confirmed they had called in two Penang state excos to give their statements in relation to the undersea tunnel project investigations.

Ramasamy has said he will go to MACC to have his statement recorded at 9am tomorrow and that his lawyer, Datuk Ajit Singh, will accompany him.

This is a continuation of MACC's probe into the controversial RM6.3 billion undersea tunnel project.

MACC had detained four senior executives for questioning in its investigations into the case and conducted raids at various offices including state government agencies since last month.

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