GEORGE TOWN: State Public Works Committee chairman Lim Hock Seng was summoned by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) today to have his statement taken.

Sources said Lim’s presence was to aid the graftbusters’ probe into the proposed RM6.3 billion Penang undersea tunnel project.

Tomorrow, Deputy Chief Minister II P. Ramasany, will have his statement taken, believed to be on the same issue.

Lim was seen entering the state MACC office at Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah here at 9am. The session lasted for nearly 12 hours.

His lawyer, R.S.N. Rayer, said Lim was called to have his statement recorded as a witness and not as an accused.

"I have met his two to three times throughout the process, and (I) am satisfied with the treatment given to him (Lim). They (MACC officers) prepared food and drinks for him.

"For now, we have not been told if he will be called again to have his statement tomorrow," he said.

(File pix) Penang state executive councillor Lim Hock Seng presented himself at the state Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) office here today to have his statement recorded. Pix by Shahnaz Fazlie Shahrizal

In Kuala Lumpur, MACC deputy chief commissioner (operations) Datuk Seri Azam Baki confirmed that Lim was summoned to have this statement recorded to assist in their probe into the matter.

"We will also be calling (DCM II P) Ramasamy to undergo the same process tomorrow.

"We are also not ruling out that there may be further arrests as investigation intensifies," he added.

Azam, however, said the MACC should be given its own space to investigate the matter.

"This is a very tehnical issue and we have our own team to look into arising issues," he added.

Asked if Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng and other state executive council members would be summoned to have his statement taken, he refused to comment.

The tunnel project had raised numerous controversies in recent months, especially on the high cost of the RM305 million technical studies as well as the 22-month delay in completing it.

Investigation also revealed that some politicians could have received kickback, some amounting to millions of ringgit.

To date, four people, including one Datuk Seri, two Datuk and a female engineering consultant have been detained to assist in investigation.

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