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Difficult Questions Over Tunnel Sea Project Has Party In A Tight Spot

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PETALING JAYA - The continuous expose of the mega Penang undersea tunnel project by MCA deputy president Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong appears to be rattling the DAP, said Barisan Nasional Strategic Communications (BNSC) deputy director Datuk Eric See-To.

These exposes, he said, must have put DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng under pressure as the party is re-negotiating with Parti Amanah Negara on who would contest the Ayer Hitam seat (in Johor), held by Dr Wee.

Within two weeks of DAP giving way to Amanah to contest, See-To said the seat suddenly has become the most important one in Malaysia.

“Is this because Dr Wee started to put Lim under pressure over the dodgy Penang tunnel project?” he asked.

“Why is DAP so afraid of Dr Wee who is just asking DAP hard to answer questions on the Penang tunnel project? What is there to hide?

“I hope Malaysians can see through DAP’s manipulative games,” he said.

Barisan leaders have thrown hard-hitting questions at the Penang government over the projects involving the undersea tunnel and three main roads.

Among the issues raised included the revelation by construction giant China Railway Construction Corpo­ration Ltd (CRCC) that it was never a shareholder of the special purpose vehicle (SPV).

Dr Wee had previously said that on March 4, 2013, the state government’s official newsletter Buletin Mutiara published an article quoting state secretary Datuk Seri Farizan Darus as saying the SPV had a paid-up capital of RM4.6bil – with Zenith Construction Sdn Bhd and CRCC jointly holding a 70% stake.

He also said that Acknowled­gement of Commitment signed by the state government with CRCC was not a legally binding document and hence not stamped.

Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng last Thursday responded in a press conference by showing an agreement to the media to prove that the document was stamped.

“The agreement was properly signed twice by CRCC.

“They signed the main agreement and later they gave another letter of commitment, which they also signed, and it is an appendix attached as part of the main agreement,” he said.

The next day, Dr Wee said the documents showed by Lim were totally different from what the Chief Minister had said in the past.

Dr Wee called on Lim to provide answers over the role of CRCC and why it was not in the SPV shareholder list now.

“What happened to CRCC, Beijing Urban Construction Corporation Ltd and Sri Tinggi Sdn Bhd which were first announced as part of the SPV in 2013?” he asked.

Dr Wee said it is Lim’s tactic to confuse the issue by “making people think it’s some Barisan Nasional against Pakatan Harapan game”.

-THE STAR