PUTRAJAYA: The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission has not ruled out the possibility of more arrests, even as they call in more people for questioning in the probe of the proposed Penang undersea tunnel project.
MACC deputy chief commissioner (operations) Datuk Seri Azam Baki said today more witnesses would be called in to assist investigations.
However, he said he did not want to speculate who was so far involved in the case.
It was reported last week that several politicians were believed to have received a significant amount of money in the approval process for the project.
Quoting sources, the report said the high amount was given as kickbacks.
“I’m not naming any politician or any individual. Investigations are still going on and it will take a long time to complete. I can’t tell when we will be able to conclude the investigation,” said Azam after the official retirement ceremony of MACC deputy chief commissioner (management and professionalism) Datuk Seri Mohd Jamidan Abdullah today.
MACC officers have so far recorded statements from 76 people in the course of the investigations.
The 7.2km undersea tunnel is part of a RM6.3 billion project, undertaken by Consortium Zenith, which also includes three paired roads.
The project had raised numerous controversies in recent months, especially on the high cost of its RM305 million feasibility study, as well as the 21-month delay in its construction.
Two company officials, with the title Datuk, were detained on Jan 9 and later released on bail after 10 days.
On accusations by Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng that MACC was practising double standards by not taking action against the leaks of information about purported kickbacks involved in the project, Azam said the commission was professional in carrying out its job.
“We will look into all angles of the information we receive from media. Not all information will be true. We have our own way to assess and filter information,” he added.
When asked about the decision by Pas not to seek MACC’s help in vetting its candidates for the upcoming general election, Azam said it was up to the party.