BUTTERWORTH: Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng must explain his relationship with a certain 'Datuk Seri' currently being investigated by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).

Parti Cinta Malaysia (PCM) deputy president Datuk Huan Cheng Guan said the two of them appeared to have 'special relationship' as they had taken photographs at private places and inside a car.

Huan said this was because not everyone can have the privilege of taking photographs with the chief minister.

He said since the issue broke out recently, Lim had never explained the matter to the people of Penang.

“The people of Penang deserve to know.

“As the chief minister, he needs to show transparency and accountability, as he had always boasted,” he told reporters today.

The 'Datuk Seri' was alleged to have received RM19 million to help ‘settle’ an MACC probe into the proposed RM6.3 billion Penang undersea tunnel project.

The MACC is currently probing the tunnel project following reports of corruption and abuse of power by Huan.

Huan, who will contest against Lim for the Bagan parliamentary seat in a four-cornered fight, said Lim must explain the issue.

The 7.2km undersea tunnel had raised numerous controversies in recent months, especially on the high cost of the RM305 million feasibility studies as well as the 21-month delay in completing it.

As part of its investigation, the MACC had raided the State Secretary Office, state Public Works Department, state Valuation Department and state Land and Mines Department here earlier this year.

It is also learnt that several other private companies had also been raided.