GEORGE TOWN: If RM22 million was paid in an attempt to stop the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) from carrying out its investigation into the proposed RM6.3 billion Penang undersea tunnel project, what was the total amount of corruption involved?
This is the latest poser raised by MCA deputy president and Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong.
He said Malaysians have been rocked by the recent news report that the tunnel project’s special purpose vehicle (SPV) paid RM22 million in cash in a failed attempt to stop the MACC probe into the mega undersea tunnel and three paired roads projects.
He said the payments have since been confirmed by the SPV itself.
“Given these new developments, the DAP-led Penang government can no longer hide from answering my questions about the project, as it has over the past two weeks.
“Despite fiercely defending the SPV and the project in the past, recent statements from the Penang government seem to suggest that they are now trying to distance themselves from the SPV in a desperate attempt to wash their hands of this scandal. This is a cowardly move by the state government.
“Instead, they must take full responsibility and admit that this single-biggest scandal in the history of Penang, which may cost current and future generations of Penangites tens of billions of ringgit of their money, is of their own making,” he said today.