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MO,13/1/2018, PETALING JAYA: Investigators are now looking at the process of the RM305mil payment given to companies appointed to conduct the feasibility studies for the Penang undersea tunnel. Sources familiar with the case said the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) was also looking into the competency of the companies and experts appointed to determine if they had the ability to conduct such a study.

It is learnt that there is a set expertise standard to conduct feasibility studies, including that of undersea tunnels. “It doesn’t matter if the experts are from the government or private firms, what is important is that they are competent enough to carry out the feasibility and detailed design studies for the project,” sources said.

When contacted, MACC deputy chief commissioner Datuk Seri Azam Baki said the anti-graft agency raided nine more companies in Penang and Kuala Lumpur yesterday to gather more documents. The investigating team also recorded statements from eight people, including a company secretary, advisers and consultants. Azam said more “important witnesses” would be called up for questioning.

“Give us some space to carry out our investigations. We are still in the process of recording statements from important witnesses that we believe may help to wrap up the probe,” he said. The Star had reported that the graft-busters were zooming in on the land swaps of two plots of land in Bandar Tanjung Pinang. Two high-ranking bosses of develop­ment and construction companies were remanded on Wednesday in connection with the case.

The major swoop on the controversial Penang undersea tunnel began on Tuesday when MACC raided seven premises of state government agencies and three property development and construction firms. On Thursday, MACC raided 12 more locations in Penang and Kuala Lumpur and questioned 12 people.

–TheStar



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