GEORGE TOWN, Feb 14 ― The Penang state exco objects Deputy Chief Minister II P. Ramasamy being called in by Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to probe the undersea tunnel and three paired roads project.
Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said Ramasamy’s portfolio is unrelated to the infrastructure project, so there was no reason for MACC to call him in as a witness.
“His portfolio is in education and library, what has it got to do with the undersea tunnel project?
“They called our executive state councillor Lim Hock Seng in yesterday, we understand, because it is his portfolio,” he said in a press conference at his office today.
Ramasamy went to the MACC headquarters here at about 8.50am today to have his statement recorded.
Yesterday, Hock Seng, who holds the public works and utilities portfolio, spent more than 12 hours in the MACC office to have his statement recorded.
Guan Eng expressed his surprise that Ramasamy was also called in especially when the latter was not involved in the project at all.
“I believe all state excos will also be investigated because even those not involved in it has been called in,” he said.
He said MACC is yet to call him in but he is ready to be investigated.
He accused the anti-graft agency of harassing the state government and using this to affect the image of the state.
“They are conducting a politically motivated investigation and we will not keep quiet about this,” he said.
MACC started a probe into the RM6.3 billion undersea tunnel project back in 2016 and continued the probe last month.
The agency had detained four senior executives for questioning in its investigations into the case and conducted raids at various offices including state government agencies last month.