Source: The Straits Times

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA — Democratic Action Party (DAP) chief and former Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng will be charged in the Special Corruption Court here tomorrow (7 August) over an underground tunnel project in Penang.

The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) in a statement tonight said that Mr Lim will be charged under Section 16(a)(A) of the MACC Act.

The provision relates to the offence of bribery in relation to the act of soliciting or receiving gratification, in exchange for doing or promising to do something with regards to “any matter or transaction”.

He will also be charged in the Penang Sessions Court next Monday under Section 23 of the MACC Act.

The provision covers bribery involving public officers’ misuse of their office or position “for any gratification”, whether for themselves, their relatives or their associates.

Mr Lim, who is currently the Member of Parliament for Bagan, had been called in for questioning by MACC several times in relation to the RM6.3 billion project.

MACC chief Azam Baki last month said that the investigation was centred on possible money laundering, Free Malaysia Today reported.

The underwater tunnel project was made a part of the Penang Transport Master Plan in the Penang state government’s bid to tackle traffic congestion.

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