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CM to Wee: I don’t want to play your dirty game of musical chairs

Free Malaysia Today logo Free Malaysia Today 12/2/2018 FMT Reporters
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GEORGE TOWN: Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng today said he refused to be drawn into the dirty game of musical chairs played by Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Wee Ka Siong, in the war of words over the RM6.3 billion tunnel-roads project.

Lim said everytime the state government exposed Wee’s lies, he would not respond but jump to another lie.

In using the analogy of the musical chairs, Lim said by right when a person was booted out of the game, he should stay out, but pointed out that Wee played a different version.

“Wee is playing musical chairs — a never-ending one. It goes on and on. Every time we expose a lie, he will not answer but jump to another.

“In a game of musical chairs, once you are out, you are out. But no, Wee continues to play, by either pushing someone out and sitting, or putting his own chair in.

“I don’t want to play this dirty kind of musical chairs.

“We want to tell Wee, we are not going to respond to any of your lies, unless you respond to the 10 lies we replied earlier,” he said at a press conference today.

Lim went on to list these 10 lies:

  1. There was corruption and kickbacks involving millions of ringgit to state government leaders;
  2. There was no sabotage of this project by Barisan Nasional leaders or Wee as well as no abuse of power by MCA president Liow Tiong Lai in “abusing his office for political gain” in getting information from China Railway Construction Corporation (CRCC);
  3. Lim said that CRCC was a shareholder of Zenith Consortium.
  4. Ignoring that Lim said that CRCC is the main contractor and insinuating that a fashion company is involved in building the three roads and undersea tunnel project;
  5. Allegations of the state government leaders’ role in awarding the contract to Zenith when the Penang state eecretary heads the Penang Tender Board, comprising senior government officials. Refusing to answer why there is no investigation by MACC on the RM55 billion East Coast Rail Link that was awarded without open tender;
  6. Trying to drag in the Penang state secretary into the political arena by alleging that the paid-up capital of Zenith, when they were awarded by open tender, did not fulfil the minimum RM381 million;
  7. Alleging agreement was not stamped, especially the legal commitments by the main contractor;
  8. The additional letter of commitment by the main contractor to ensure the completion of the project was not legally binding because it was only an appendix to the main agreement;
  9. Implying that CRCC is the sole consultant; and,
  10. Claiming that payment was made to the contractor for the undersea tunnel.

Lim further stated that he was shocked to know that Wee was privy to information from CRCC, the project’s main contractor, that even the state government is not aware of.

Lim said Wee had even claimed to have knowledge of how much or how little CRCC was paid by Zenith, raising questions on the source of his information.

He noted that Liow and Wee were acting as if they were spokesmen for CRCC and forgetting their role as Malaysian ministers.

“This validates two of our contentions.

“Firstly, where is the corruption involving kickbacks of millions of ringgit to state government leaders when MCA leaders are now reduced to squabbling over whether CRCC is a contractor or a shareholder of this project, or how much or little CRCC was paid by Zenith?

“Secondly, this substantiates suspicions that Liow is abusing his powers to pressure CRCC into revealing information, even though Liow is not a party to the contract involving the Penang state government, Zenith Consortium and CRCC.

“Liow has no right to talk to CRCC but it appears that CRCC can establish contact with MCA leaders, but not with the state government.”

Lim and Wee have been engaged in a question-and-answer battle over the infrastructure project, with Liow recently joining the bandwagon as well.

The infrastructure project came under renewed scrutiny by the BN following a fresh probe and arrests by the MACC.

Since then, the Penang government and BN have revived the issue, which was a hotly-debated topic in Penang in 2013 and 2014.

The 7.2km undersea tunnel will connect George Town’s Pangkor Road and Bagan Ajam in Butterworth. It is scheduled to begin in 2023.

The “three main roads” stretch from Air Itam to the Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu Expressway (5.7km), Tanjung Bungah to Teluk Bahang (10.53km), and Jalan Pangkor-Gurney Drive junction to Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu Expressway (4.1km).

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