MO,28/2/2018, KUALA LUMPUR: Umno Supreme Council Member Datuk Seri Abdul Azeez Rahim has denied claims that he has links with the controversial Penang undersea tunnel project. The Baling MP said he was baffled to have received a letter of demand on Wednesday from the project developer involving consultancy work related to the project and expressed willingness to cooperate with the authorities to clear the air.
He said the contents of the letter were “totally untrue”. “I have never met with the chief executive officer of the firm and has never had any dealings with them, “I view this as a wild accusation aimed at ensuring my downfall in Baling, especially with the coming of the general elections,” he said when met at the ‘Sembang Kopi O 3.0′ programme here yesterday.
Azeez said he has instructed his lawyer to handle the matter and look into the next course of action. “I believe my name could have been used by some unscrupulous parties and I wonder why the firm did not come and see me first?” “If say I was involved, then there must be some kind of agreement signed. You can’t just accused someone of receiving payment via proxy,” he said.
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 the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (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.