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Lim Guan Eng was happy with the signing ceremony of the MoU for the mega project

Lim Guan Eng was happy with the signing ceremony of the MoU for the mega project witnessed by the PM of Malaysia, China

KUALA LUMPUR: The Sessions Court today was told that former Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng was happy when the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the state government and Beijing Urban Construction Group (BUCG) on mega projects related to the construction of main roads and seabed tunnels in the state worth RM6.34 billion, witnessed by the Prime Ministers of Malaysia and China.

Zenith Beijing Urban Construction Group (CZBUCG) Consortium director Datuk Zarul Ahmad Mohd Zulkifli, 62, said he had received a phone call around 20:11 from Lim informing him that Wen Jiabao, the then Prime Minister of China and Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, when The Prime Minister of Malaysia will attend the MoU signing ceremony held in Putrajaya on April 28, 2011, which was also attended by Lim.

CZBUCG is a joint venture company with BUCG that has been appointed to carry out the project.

To a question from Deputy Public Prosecutor Datuk Wan Shaharuddin Wan Ladin, what was Lim’s reaction when the MoU was signed in front of the two prime ministers, Zarul Ahmad, who is the main prosecution witness, replied, “YB Lim is happy”.

Wan Shaharuddin: What did YB Lim really say? And the witness replied, “YB Lim expressed a lot of ‘red eyes’ because the MoU could be signed.”

Asked by Wan Shaharuddin what is meant by ‘red eye’ and to whom it is addressed, the 23rd prosecution witness said, ‘angry or envious’ and I think it is addressed to MCA.

According to Zarul Ahmad, he had contacted Wisma Putra and requested that the MoU signing ceremony be witnessed by the prime ministers from Malaysia and China.

The witness said this at the trial of Lim’s corruption case which faces four charges involving the construction of a seabed tunnel and a main road construction project in Penang.

Earlier, Zarul Ahmad when reading his witness statement said he was overwhelmed and grateful because his company (CZBUCG) was awarded a mega project worth RM6.34 billion.

“This project was awarded to CZBUCG through the Request For Proposal (RFP) tender process and it was awarded on Feb 6, 2013. I was quite moved to be awarded the project, but the feeling was only for a day because I was pressured and received criticism from the BN party because of the State Government Penang has awarded to Syarikat Dua Ringgit (RM2).

“A ‘Special Purpose Vehicle’ (SPV) company will normally not have a ‘paid capital’ of more than RM2 as long as it is not awarded with any project. If the project is not awarded to the company, then the SPV company is happy to “This project was awarded by the Penang Government whose Chief Minister at the time was YB Lim,” he said.

Lim faces an amended charge of using his position as Penang Chief Minister to accept a bribe of RM3.3 million, in helping Zarul Ahmad’s company get a construction project worth RM6,341,383,702, at the Penang Chief Minister’s Office, 28th Floor, Komtar, George Town between January 2011 until August 2017.

For the second amendment charge, Lim allegedly solicited a bribe from Zarul Ahmad of 10 per cent of the company’s profits, in appreciation of getting the project and was accused of committing acts near The Garden Hotels, Lingkaran Syed Putra, Mid Valley City, here in March 2011.

The DAP secretary -general also faces two charges of disposing of two lots of land worth RM208.8 million belonging to the Penang government to two companies, which are alleged to be linked to the seabed tunnel project.

He was charged with committing the offense at the Penang Land and Mines Office, 21st Floor, Komtar on 17 Feb 2015 and 22 March 2017.

The trial before Judge Azura Alwi continues on April 1.

-BERNAMA

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