PUTRAJAYA: The magistrate's court today released a businessman with a ‘Datuk’ title who was detained to assist in investigation into a RM3 million graft case to stop the probe into the RM6.3 billion Penang undersea tunnel project.
Magistrate Khir Nizam Jemari released the 64-year-old man on a Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission bail of RM370,000 with surety.
The businessman was detained on March 2 and remanded for four days, which ended today.
It was reported that the man had allegedly received money from a construction company linked to the project after claiming he could "settle" the MACC investigation.
The company was alleged to have paid the RM3 million in four transactions last year.
On Monday, a businessman with a "Datuk Seri" title had his remand extended for another five days to facilitate investigations into a graft case worth RM19 million involving the same project.
The 6km undersea tunnel was designed to link Bagan Ajam in Butterworth with the scenic Gurney Drive on the island.
The project was supposed to see the construction of three paired highways which essentially link Gurney Drive, Air Itam and the tourism belt of Batu Ferringhi to the sole expressway on the island – The Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu Expressway.
However, it has since come under MACC investigation, following allegations of impropriety over the high cost involved in conducting the feasibility studies as well as the 22-month delay in completing it.