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MACC confirms Guan Eng’s arrest, to be charged over Penang undersea tunnel project

The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has confirmed that former finance minister Lim Guan Eng has been arrested and will be charged at the Kuala Lumpur High Court tomorrow (Aug 7).

“The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has received instructions from the Attorney General to charge former Penang chief minister Lim Guan Eng,” MACC said in a statement late Thursday (Aug 6).

The MACC said he will be charged under Section 16 (a)(A) of the MACC Act 2009.He will also be charged at the Penang Sessions Court on Aug 10 and 11 under Section 23 of the MACC Act 2009.

The MACC said that Friday and next Monday’s charging was over the controversial RM6.3bil Penang undersea tunnel project, while the Aug 11 charging would be for “other cases”.

The controversial Penang undersea tunnel project was again probed by the anti-graft authority following fresh leads.

Graft investigators had questioned close to a dozen of people over the case.

This includes current Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow and state executive councillors Jagdeep Singh Deo, Chong Eng, and Phee Boon Poh.

The MACC has also visited the offices of state Public Works, Utilities and Flood Mitigation Committee chairman Zairil Khir Johari and Deputy Chief Minister ll Dr P. Ramasamy at Komtar in Penang.

Lim served as Penang chief minister from 2008 to 2018.

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